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SGA Offers ‘$5,000 to Change Emory’
Bishops Hall to Be Demolished This Month
By Rupsha Basu Staff Writer
By Karishma Mehrotra Asst. News Editor
Students often have moments of genius that begin with the words “what if” and eventually get lost in the bustle of busy schedules and extra-curricular activities. Next spring, however, Emory students will have the opportunity to develop and actualize an idea they have always wanted to bring to campus. “$5,000 to Change Emory” is the Student Government Association’s (SGA) grant competition that is open to all students. The goal of the project is for students to have the opportunity to execute an idea that will foster community among all divisions of Emory. “Basically, we realized every student — at one point or another — thinks, ‘It would be cool if,’ but they often just don’t have the funding or resources to turn that awesome idea into action,” said SGA President and College senior Ashish Gandhi. College senior Michael Goldberg first introduced this idea to SGA. He said Northwestern University conducted a similar competition and that he wanted to bring it to Emory. The application, which will be available on the Office of Student Leadership and Service’s website, is not limited to individual students. Student organizations may apply as a group as well as classes and unofficial groups of students. $5,000 to Change Emory is the first of its kind. Monetary grants usually come from national organizations, corporations or foundations. Moreover, these grants usually go to University departments and institutions for the purpose of research or funding for large-scale projects.
Wagner, who was out of his office at the time protesters entered the building. One protester loudly “booed” the proposal from Hauk and was immediately quieted by the crowd. “As you can see, business cannot be conducted in a hallway full of people,” Hauk said in response to the heckler. “[The protesters] are actually impeding the operations of the office of the University.” Some protesters were unsatisfied with Hauk’s response. “You won’t let us study, we won’t let you work,” one protester yelled.
The demolition of the currently vacant Bishop’s Hall, as part of Phase II of the Candler School of Theology construction, will begin this month, according to University architect Jen Fabrick. It is scheduled to end in July of 2014 and will be named in memory of Rita Anne Rollins, O. Wayne Rollins’ first grandchild. The new building in place of Bishop’s hall will house the Pitts Theological Library, study rooms, a classroom, a teaching chapel and some gallery space, Fabrick said. The entire completed complex will stretch until in front of Cannon Chapel. University leadership created this two-phased design in 2006 after the design and costs were studied for many years, according to Fabrick. The total cost will be $29.4 million, she added. Some of the funding will come from a $15 million gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation received on Dec. 19 as well as various other donors, a Jan. 23 Emory Wheel article said. “In the combined facility, Candler and Pitts together will have a front door located immediately across from the Cannon Chapel, which we believe is crucial to our community life,” dean of the Candler School of Theology Jan Love said in the Wheel article. “Candler and [the] library outgrew [Bishop’s Hall] a long time ago. The old building has served us well, but we need well protected, state-ofthe-art facilities to protect the Pitts Library collections and to reunite its physical plant with Candler.” In a Jan. 19 University press release, Director of the O. Wayne
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More than 200 protesters moved their Quadrangle walkout protest to inside the Administration Building on Tuesday. They demanded a meeting with University President James W. Wagner regarding the recent departmental changes. In the six-hour protest, the students and faculty were able to meet with Wagner for three hours.
Protesters Confront Admins at Sit-In By Dustin Slade Staff Writer More than 200 University students and faculty protested in front of and inside the administration building on the Quadrangle Tuesday afternoon, voicing their concerns about the department changes announced earlier this semester and demanding a meeting with University President James W. Wagner. The protest culminated in a private three-hour meeting with Wagner, who called Dean of the College Robin Forman on speakerphone. The walkout was organized by the student re-visioning committee
as part of the #EmoryCuts movement. The movement developed in response to Forman’s plan to reallocate resources and eliminate certain programs and departments within the College, which Forman announced in a University-wide email Sept. 14.
Staging a Sit-In After the initial event on the Quad, several protesters shuffled into the administration building to occupy the fourth-floor hallway outside the offices of University administrators, including Wagner’s. Protesters sang as they marched from the Quad to the fourth floor,
chanting “no transparency, no trust” and “they say cut that, we say fight back.” The protesters remained in the hallway for six hours. More than 100 students and faculty members occupied the fourth-floor hallway at around 1 p.m. not only to show distaste for the department changes, but also to demonstrate support for those directly affected. The protest arose much to the surprise of University administrators. Gary Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president, exited his office at one point to address the crowd of protesters. He explained to the group that he would schedule a meeting with
Exploring Emory’s Pre-Professional Trend By Nicholas Goodwin Contributing Writer Ask an Emory student about the pre-professional culture, and you’ll probably hear the same thing: yes, we are very much a pre-professional school. However, with a student body of 7,656 undergraduates, only 23 percent are actually registered in prehealth, pre-law and BBA programs. Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences is perhaps less pre-professional than originally thought. That said, while the first five years of the past decade saw a steady increase in humanities majors at Emory, the latter half has brought a decline, according to College Dean Robin Forman. Many are pointing to economic pressures and a controversial advising system as causes for the changing academic environment.
It’s All About the Money, Or Is It? In light of a struggling national economy and a stubbornly high unemployment rate, conventional wisdom encourages students to place more emphasis on credentials that will land them a place in the job market. Forman says that this economic climate attracts job-conscious students to schools like Emory, where
strong business and pre-medical reputations translate into a greater perceived sense of job security. Judy Raggi Moore, senior lecturer in French and Italian and director of the Italian and Catholic studies programs, cites “the confluence of an upper administration that’s not in the humanities, the economic crisis of 2008 and a growing public challenging of high tuition costs at universities” as key causes behind the rise of pre-professionalism at Emory. Senior lecturer and economics professor Samiran Banerjee agrees, noting that the trend is “symptomatic of what’s going on in society: college education is getting more expensive and there is no learning for the sake of knowledge alone.” Forman cites a growing tendency on the part of politicians, in Washington as well as around the country, to view college from a vocational perspective. The politics behind government funding for research universities have played a significant role in the disproportionate expansion of certain departments. Rachelle Spell, senior lecturer in biology, has seen a similar trend play out at Emory. The number of majors has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, according to Spell,
Emory Point Sees Slow Business By Karishma Mehrotra Asst. News Editor Courtesy of Emory Photo/Video
Choosing a Commencement Speaker, No Easy Task By Jordan Friedman Associate Editor When the University announced neurosurgeon Ben Carson as the 2012 commencement speaker in the spring, nearly 500 professors, students and alumni signed a letter in which they expressed concerns over the fact that Carson doesn’t believe in evolution. While those who signed the letter weren’t calling for the University to reverse their commencement speaker decision, they called on the Emory community “to also consider the enormous positive impact of science on our lives and how that science rests squarely on the shoulders of evolution,” according to the letter.
This controversy over Carson’s views is one instance among several in the past few decades where the selection of the commencement’s speaker has sparked debate and discussion on Emory’s campus, especially in regard to finding a “big name” speaker versus lesser-known individuals who have made a major impact in the world. When the University began its search for a 2013 commencement speaker in the spring, the initial list of possibilities ranged from President Obama and
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Jackie Waynick isn’t the only one at Emory Point who says that business is slow. Very slow. To her and the rest of the managers of the open retailers in the still-developing complex located across the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Clifton Road, construction is their worst enemy and their best friend. “Horrible, disastrous, treacherous,” Waynick, store manager of the recently-opened Lizard Thicket, said to describe the continuing construction. Waynick said a view from Clifton Rd. of Emory Point does not visibly showcase the multiple open stores in the second block of the shopping and restaurant complex. Passing traffic can only see the buzz of construction, “Opening Soon” signs and windows that look
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NEWS ROUNDUP National, Local and Higher Education News • 2012 has been the warmest year in history, according to the National Climatic Data Center is Asheville, N.C. The U.S. has had a national average temperature of 57.1 degrees this year. This average is a full degree above the previous warmest JanuaryNovember period in 1934. The previous warmest full year in U.S. history was 1998. • A new U.S. study found that American schoolchildren may be unable to improve their reading skills until they reach a better understanding of basic vocabulary. The study from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics found that students’ vocabulary skills indicated their reading comprehension level. The study was the first time the federal government has analyzed vocabulary in isolation.
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and E.R. Mitchell & Co. The company then sued the country for $478,000 in unpaid fees. DeKalb countersued for over $100 million in damages, mismanagement and billing fraud. • A mother and daughter in Tampa, Fla. shoot sex scenes together and post them on their website. Jessica, the mom, and Monica, the daughter collectively call themselves “The Sexxxtons.” They have been maintaining their website for the past year and recently released a DVD. While the women frequently have sex in the same room at the same time, they insist that their encounters are not incestuous because they do not touch each other. — Compiled my Multimedia Editor Elizabeth Howell
• A court case between the DeKalb County School District and a former management company has been postponed until spring. In 2007, DeKalb County fired Heery International, Inc The Wheel reports and corrects all errors published in the newspaper and at emorywheel.com. Please contact Editor-in-Chief Evan Mah at email@example.com to report an error.
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This Week In Emory History
POLICE RECORD • On Nov. 30 at 1:19 a.m., a female student arrived in a taxi to the Longstreet-Means residence hall. The subject insisted to the cab driver that she could not pay the $25 cab fare and that she only had $15 on her credit card. Prior to exiting the taxi, the subject had vomited in the vehicle. The subject then ran off leaving behind her driver’s license outside the cab. Emory Police made contact with the subject’s roommate who agreed to pay the fare. • Officers responded to a to a Harris Hall complaint on Nov. 29 at 5:15 p.m. regarding a white male subject sitting on a bench outside the hall. Students enter-
ing the building claimed that the subject had yelled at them and appeared to be under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. The subject claimed that he was looking for the hospital to get help due to his intoxication. Officers met with the subject and determined he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was detained and transported to DeKalb County jail. • On Dec. 3 at 7:39 a.m., a female staff member was trapped in an elevator on the seventh floor in Atwood Hall. The subject was able to communicate with the officer without any issues. At 8:10 a.m., elevator employees
arrived and removed the subject from the elevator. The subject was not injured. • A male student contacted officers on Nov. 28 at 11:39 p.m. regarding two emails the he had received. The emails asked the student to follow specific orders to send money and presented threat of harm if he did not comply. The email appeared to be a prank. The incident was turned over to an investigator. — Compiled by Staff Writer Dustin Slade
December 8, 1992 The Interfraternity Council unanimously approved a new alcohol policy, effective immediately. Under the new policy, Chi Phi was able to use otherwise-banned common containers of alcohol such as kegs at functions. Second, fraternities were no longer responsible for individual member violations of BYOB. Third, although fraternities had to check the identification of party guests at the door, they would not be held responsible for any underage guests found consuming alcohol who successfully used a false form of identification.
EVENTS AT EMORY FRIDAY
Event: Carlos Museum Bookshop Holiday Sale Time: 10 a.m. Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum
Event: Carlos Museum Bookshop Holiday Sale Time: 10 a.m. Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum
Event: Emory’s Young Artists—Side by Side Time: 12 p.m. Location: Reception Hall, Michael C. Carlos Museum
Event: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Time: 4 p.m. Location: Glenn Auditorium
Event: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Time: 8 p.m. Location: Glenn Auditorium
Event: Athletics—Men’s Basketball Time: 6 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Time: 8 p.m. Location: Glenn Auditorium
SUNDAY Event: Advent Lessons and Carols Service Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Glenn Memorial Sanctuary Event: University Worship with The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe Time: 11 a.m. Location: Cannon Chapel Event: Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music Time: 4 p.m. Location: Reception Hall, Michael C. Carlos Museum Event: Fieldwork Showcase Time: 5 p.m. Location: Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
MONDAY Event: Blood Pressure Screening Time: 11 a.m. Location: Emory Law School, Faculty Lounge (Room G575), 5th Floor Event: Zotero Workshop Time: 11:45 a.m. Location: Room 314, Woodruff Library Level 3 Event: McCandless Lecture, “The Origin of Concepts” Time: 4 p.m. Location: Psychology (PAIS) Lecture Hall Event: Bate-papo (Portuguese conversation hour) Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Starbucks at Barnes & Noble, Emory Bookstore Event: Emory University Symphony Orchestra Time: 8 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall
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everal cultural groups performed last night at the first of three consecutive nights of the AHANA Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio. Tickets were $5 and groups included Zeeba, Tap That, Persuasion, Emotion, Zuri and TNT.
Zoe’s Kitchen to Join Village Restaurants By Arianna Skibell Executive Editor A Mediterranean-inspired comfort food restaurant is set to open in Emory Village in early to midFebruary. With construction already well underway, Zoe’s Kitchen will be located directly across from the bookstore. Zoe’s strives to offer its patrons fresh and delicious food for an affordable price, according to Zoe’s Kitchen’s Vice President of Marketing Rachel Phillips-Luther. Most entrees are under $10. The majority of the menu includes items such as chicken salad, kabobs, tossed Greek salads and hummus and pita. The restaurant also offers gluten-free and vegetarian options. “It is incredibly affordable for what you get,” Phillips-Luther said. The concept of the restaurant stems from the real life of founder Zoe Cassimus. Cassimus was of Greek heritage and kept that in mind when
she opened the first Zoe’s Kitchen in Alabama. According to the website, all of Zoe’s Kitchen’s recipes are family recipes. With an emphasis on healthy food options, Zoe’s Kitchen prepares items fresh every morning. Poultry is never frozen, and the food is minimally processed, according to Phillips-Luther. Zoe’s will offer take home tubs of pre-prepared foods in pint and quart sizes. For an additional charge, Zoe’s Kitchen offers reusable, cooler tote bags for the tubs. Zoe’s will stay open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week and is planning to accept Eagle Dollars, Phillips-Luther said. Some students are glad to hear about this new addition to Emory Village. “It’s really great that the Village is trying to incorporate a more healthconscious places to eat,” Goizetta Business School junior Sonia Guzner said. “I’m excited to try it.” Other students are more wary.
“It seems like there has been a lot of repetition in the types of restaurants around Emory’s campus,” said College senior Jefferson Sporn. “Doesn’t Zaya’s already serve Mediterranean food?” According to Phillips-Luther, it was not easy to find a space in Emory Village. “It was a tough deal for us to do, but we knew the community would really fall in love with Zoe’s,” she said. Although the cost of repair of the building was initially out of their budget range, they felt Emory’s location was too critical to the success of Zoe’s to pass up. “We’re also excited to be able to be a part of the rejuvenation of the area,” Phillips-Luther sad. Zoe’s is looking to hire Emory students as well as non-Emory students. Students can apply online through Zoe’s Kitchen’s website.
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Community Responds to Republican Criticism By Anusha Ravi Staff Writer
Political Science professor Alan Asian vote. Romney, however, won 59 Abramowitz agreed, noting that the percent of the white vote. Republican Party has become too College senior and College President Obama’s second-term conservative in that their “hostility” Republicans Chairman Nick Going victory following the Nov. 6 presiden- towards programs like student loans acknowledged that the results of the tial election has led some members and health care cost them the elec- election may indicate that the vote of the Emory community, in addition tion, as those are programs many was very divided racially. However, to national journalists and political lower-class people need. he disagreed that the Republican analysts, to criticize the Republican College sophomore and College Party consists of one demographic. Party’s conservative platform. Republicans member Luke Bucshon “It’s easy to make racial concluConcerns include what crit- agreed, claiming that the Republican sions, but people need to be cautious ics see as the outdated conserva- social platform was outdated. “The about making a racial judgment that tism of Republican social policies, fiscal message of the Republican is just not the truth,” he said. the demographic homogeneity of party shouldn’t be brought down by Gillespie cited the Republican the Republican electorate and the a social platform too far off from reluctance to “play identity politics” slim chances Republicans have of what American people are and what — or identifying and pandering to winning future elections given how is right,” College sophomore Luke specific groups while campaigning many perceive the Bucshon said. — as their primary flaw in failing to Republican party to Given that acquire the minority vote. Democrats consist primarily of “If we look at how the Republicans won 59 use identity politics to their advanrich, white, conserpercent of the white tage, which may have played a role vote is split, it suggests vote during the in both their 2008 and 2012 wins, vative men. According to a presidential election, she said. that the Republican Nov. 11 New York While some voters may fiscally party can rely on only many political comTimes article, commentators have said identify with the Republican idethe white vote to get mentary across the Republican elec- als of individualism and personal elected ... ” the United States torate consists only freedom, Gillespie said, they do not includes criticism of rich, white men. necessarily always vote Republican. of the Republican Political Science These Independent voters see the — Andra Gillespie, Pa r ty and political science professor professor Andra Republican Party as discriminatoRepublican candiGillespie said the ry against minorities by failing to date Mitt Romney’s Republican Party address structural inequalities. social policies on topics such as may have trouble winning elections “The party needs to realize immigration, gay marriage and abor- in the future if they do not present a minorities identify as groups because tion. Emory political science profes- competitive platform that appeals to they were discriminated against in sors and experts have also addressed minority voters. groups,” she said. “In order to be these notions that the Republican Gillespie said minority voters competitive, the Republican Party Party appeals to only rich, white, such as Africanneeds to rethink conservative men with predictions A m e r i c a n s , [its] approach to that Republican candidates have a Hispanics and addressing structur“We still have a Repub- al inequality so that slim chance of winning future elec- Asians tend to vote tions if they fail to appeal to more d e m o c r a t i c a l l y. lican-controlled House, they are relevant diverse voters. Combined with and can then make and politicians like Jeb claims about per“If we look at how the vote is split, their rapid growth it suggests that the Republican party as groups within the Bush, who want to com- sonal freedom and can rely on only the white vote to get U.S. population, this promise and do things.” individualism.” elected,” Political Science Professor trend leads to greatAlthough the Andra Gillespie said. “In the last few er strength for the presidency went — Luke Bucshon, election cycles, white voters make Democratic Party, to the Democratic College sophomore candidate, up less and less of the vote, and the she said. both and Republican Going and Bucshon fact that minorities are overwhelm“The fact that ingly democratic is going to hurt these groups — the expressed exciteRepublicans.” fastest growing, bigment over the conIn interviews with the Wheel, stu- gest ethnic minority groups — are troversy surrounding bipartisanship dents and professors said many of democratic doesn’t bode well with in Congress and entitlement spending. Romney’s social policies represent the fate of the Republican party,” she “We still have a Republicanvery conservative views, and thus said. “The party is going to have to controlled House, and politicians like do not appeal to Independent vot- figure out how to craft policy agenda Jeb Bush, who want to compromise ers during the election, according to make them competitive with the and do things,” Bucshon said. “I’m to the Times article. Independents sectors of the electorate with the fast- hopeful that Obama, [Senate Majority were deterred from voting for him by est growing population.” Leader Harry] Reid and [Speaker of his wavering on social positions or Presidential election exit polls the House John] Boehner can come his extremely conservative stands on indicated that Obama won 93 percent together and get something done.” — Contact Anusha Ravi at issues such as immigration, abortion of the black vote, 73 percent of the email@example.com and other issues. 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Many protesters left their classes to join the walkout and occupy the fourth-floor hallway of the Administration Building, chanting “no transparency, no trust.” They remained there for six hours.
Administrators, Students to Discuss Changes on Dec. 7 Continued from Page 1 Following a tense exchange, Hauk and the protesters agreed to hold a meeting with Wagner and six protesters once Wagner returned. Following Hauk’s offer, a small group of organizers conferred and agreed that the meeting would be their best option. However, not all protesters agreed that a meeting was the optimal choice in moving forward. Some students demanded more of a group consensus to determine what the walkout’s next course of action would be. Protesters used a megaphone to hold a vote to determine the group’s next move. The protesters overwhelmingly voted to meet with Wagner to discuss the department changes. Nine protesters voted against meeting with Wagner and instead wanted to occupy the hallway until their demands were met, thus possibly risking arrest for trespassing once the building closed. A group of students wearing all black also unexpectedly attended the sit-in. The students handed out fliers advocating anarchy to protesters during the demonstration. While the motive of these students was unclear, the protesters accused them of vandalism and asked them to leave the demonstration. The group reportedly spray-painted “OCCUPY A” on parts of the first-floor restroom.
Meeting with Wagner Following their final decision to meet with Wagner, organizers of the protest strategized in the hallway and discussed which individuals would attend the meeting. They agreed that five students and one faculty member that has been active within the movement would represent the group. The group consisted of College junior David Mullins; Mairead Sullivan, a graduate student in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; College sophomore Elizabeth Hennig; Mael Vizcarra, a graduate student in the Institute for Liberal Arts; Andrew Zonderman, a history graduate student; and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts Julia Kjelgaard. The meeting with Wagner began at 3 p.m. and lasted three hours. In a follow-up interview with the Wheel, Wagner said that during the meeting the protesters presented him a list of demands composed by the Student Re-visioning Committee. He said Forman needed to address the list of recommendations and demands. Approximately two and half hours into the meeting, Wagner contacted Forman via speakerphone, allowing him to talk with the group. The phone conversation lasted more than 20 minutes. In an interview with the Wheel, Forman said that he received an email from the President’s Office asking him to call Wagner. Forman said he called Wagner from the side of a street with ongoing traffic in the background. Forman said that once he called, the means of communication made holding the conversation very difficult. “I was not willing to answer a question at that time because they were using words, the meaning of which they had agreed upon over two hours of conversation, and I wasn’t at the meeting,” he said. Forman added that it was not clear to him what he was being asked to commit to. He noted it would have been “silly” under the circumstances to commit to answering a question that had evolved from a meeting he was absent from. Immediately following the meeting, Wagner described the phone con-
versation with Forman as “awkward” to the protestors on the fourth floor. Wagner later clarified that the conversation between protesters and Forman seemed “awkward” because the Dean entered the conversation late into the discussion. “There was such a temptation with the Dean on the phone [for the protesters] to begin pursing the agenda of the second meeting; starting to ask about all these other issues ... I felt badly that it was awkward for him,” Wagner said. Although all parties acknowledged that some “awkwardness” came from Forman’s late entrance into the meeting, some protesters believe that some confusion was derived from Wagner and Forman not communicating prior to the conversation. “It was weird and awkward for me because Wagner and Forman were really not on the same page,” Mullins said. “Forman was very hesitant to divulge or commit to anything of consequence at all ... He was very, very, very opaque.” Wagner said he called Forman to ensure that he saw the value in scheduling a subsequent meeting. Both parties were eventually able to reach a compromise to meet again on Dec. 7 to hold a more formal conversation. Late in the meeting, Wagner exited his office to use the bathroom. Those who attended the meeting used the break as an opportunity to leave Wagner’s office and discuss their strategy moving forward with the other protesters. At that point, the organizers disclosed what had been accomplished in the first half of the meeting, noting that Wagner and Forman agreed to meet with the protesters in a publicdiscussion setting. However, many protesters felt that the group’s leaders had made a poor compromise. The group then voted and agreed to remain in the hallway until Forman arrived and a resolution to the department changes was reached. “At this point, the protest met a critical state of negotiation, probably the furthest stage of negotiation either the faculty or students have reached so far,” said Jason Francisco, professor in the Department of Visual Arts. “The discussion is live. No one planned for the meeting to be this long. The occupation of the building has had a significant impact on the [response to the department changes].” In the middle of the protesters’ meeting with Wagner at 5 p.m., the University locked all doors to the administration building as well as stairwell access to the fourth floor. Security guards waited in the first-floor hallway at the doorway entrances. At approximately 6 p.m., the meeting between Wagner and the protesters concluded. Both Wagner and the organizers in attendance exited the office and explained to the crowd that they had agreed to schedule a meeting in the future with both Wagner and Forman. “I think there was a great deal of good faith in doing this,” Wagner said. “The ball is now in my court to get the subsequent meeting scheduled. One thing that is clearly evident is that people are actually uniformly concerned about the future of Emory University.” The University released a second statement later that night, explaining that Wagner supports Forman and endorses his authority to make the department changes. The statement added, “Neither [Forman] nor Wagner agreed that the cuts would be reversed, they said, but they did agree to discuss the basis of the decisions that were made.” Regarding the unexpected meeting, Wagner thought it was thoughtful and intense.
“I was very impressed. I was pleased with the level of conversation,” he said.
Moving Forward Following Wagner’s departure, the protesters remained in the hallway to discuss what had been accomplished during the meeting and where the movement was headed moving forward. “I believe that President Wagner at least wants to work with us and make concessions,” Mullins said. Some protesters were not completely satisfied with Wagner’s promise of a future meeting. Some said they felt that the meeting was an attempt to delay the process of making a final decision. Protesters again voted on whether or not to remain in the building until their complete demands were met or accept Wagner’s offer for a meeting and exit the building. Overwhelmingly, the group decided to leave the building and effectively end the protest. With Emory Police Department (EPD) officers nearby, the group of protesters walked down from the fourth floor chanting, “We are Emory.” Following the protest, Katherine Bryant, a fourth-year neuroscience graduate student, said she felt the protest was successful in garnering the attention of both the Emory and Atlanta communities. “The cuts have hurt so many people,” Bryant said. “They have robbed people of their jobs and their livelihood. We have finally gotten the message out about what the decisions the administration makes does to this community. From now on, Dean Forman and President Wagner will have an audience to those decisions and cannot afford to hide anymore.” Many local and national media outlets covered the event, including the Associated Press, Fox 5 Atlanta, CBS Atlanta and WSB Action News. Reporters, cameramen and photographers followed the protest from the Quad into the administration building, and at one point, a Fox News helicopter could be seen circling the Quad from above. Protesters, many of whom left their classes to join the “walk out” at 12 p.m., originally met on the Quad to express their views on the changes via megaphone. Many held signs with phrases such as “Cut Forman” and “We are Emory.” Protesters also marched around the Quad, each holding a letter to spell out “Reject the Cuts.” Students said the concept of occupying the hallway was a move born out of frustration with the administration’s previous responses to #EmoryCuts’ protests and rallies. “We have exhausted all other means of addressing the cuts that were enacted by the administration,” said Navyug Gill, a history graduate student. “We wanted to send a message to the administration and engage in a meaningful debate and discussion about the direction of the university. We [planned] on staying until our demands [were] met.” In response to the protest, the Wheel received a statement from the University late Thursday night regarding the upcoming meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon. After laying out the agreed upon agenda for the meeting, the statement goes on to say that Wagner and Forman are “looking forward to fostering a deeper understanding of how these decisions were reached and to a productive discussion of the ways in which students, faculty and administrators can continue to work together to implement the Emory College Plan over the next four years.”
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A 45-foot long bus emblazoned with the words “C-SPAN” stationed itself in front of the Woodruff P.E. Center on Wednesday afternoon. The Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) is a private, nonprofit television network, broadcasting the affairs of the federal government. The bus is the vehicle for C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012, which is a cross-country tour to educate and promote discussion about public affairs via a number of interactive methods. Post-election, the bus is heading toward its final event: President Obama’s inauguration. While the bus was at Emory for around two hours, few students visited it. When asked about it, many students did not know it was at Emory or were uninterested in seeing it. Those that did participate in the bus’s interactive features, however, found it to be informative.
“The whole bus itself is very userfriendly,” said Chris Demanche, a marketing representative of C-SPAN who divides his time between traveling with the bus and planning future tours. In the interior of the bus lay a variety of interactive features, including televisions, touch screen monitors, laptops and cell phones. The televisions lining the walls showed previews for upcoming C-SPAN broadcasts, such as a special about First Ladies, set to be released early 2013. Students were able to operate the touch screens where they could visit the C-SPAN website and follow C-SPAN on different social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. They could also play trivia quiz games about the different branches of government and surf C-SPAN’s video library, which consists of 190,000 hours of footage of speeches, interviews and political events. “I thought it was really indicative
of how important social media has become in the presidential elections,” said Laura Flint, a College freshman. Indeed, the bus has been traveling year-round to different campaign events like primary elections, conventions and debates. The tour has also visited dozens of college campuses to spread information about C-SPAN and the election. “We meet so many different people and we see a lot of different things, a lot of different opinions ... I get to see cities I probably never would have gone to,” said Jessica Lindquist, marketing representative of C-SPAN. Some students, however, thought that the bus would have drawn more interest at a different time. “I think it would’ve been more beneficial during the election,” said College freshman Hannah Grosman. “People would be more interested, and it would’ve been more helpful.”
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Winner of ‘$5,000’ Contest to Implement Idea Continued from Page 1 This grant, however, is the first to go directly from SGA to the students. It is also the first that fosters competition among students within Emory and whose end project will be available to all students. The requirements for submission are that the idea must cater to the entire student body, including graduate and undergraduate students, and it must be implemented between March 1 and April 19. While the submission can virtually be any feasible idea that falls within the limit of $5,000, Gandhi cites events, academic or extracurricular
programs and structural improvements to the campus as examples of viable submissions. SGA will continue to accept ongoing submissions until Feb. 8. After all proposals are in, SGA will narrow the list of applicants down to a handful of finalists. Then, all students will get the opportunity to vote on which idea they want the most. Essentially, this competition will give students the power that SGA holds every day — to use the Student Activities Fee as they see fit, according to Goldberg. The student who wins the grant competition will essentially act as an
SGA member to execute the idea. In addition to SGA funds, the winning student will have access to SGA’s avenues of communication with the administration and methods of advertising. They may also collaborate with the Student Programming Council (SPC) if necessary. “I can’t even explain how excited I am for the proposals we are going to receive. There are some incredible, fantastic ideas on how to improve our community already being discussed out there, and we’re finally going to have a forum to see them all in one place,” said Gandhi.
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Phase II of Construction to Begin This Month Continued from Page 1 Rollins Foundation Amy Kreisler said that the foundation is “very pleased to be a part of the continued growth of the Candler School of Theology.” “My grandparents, O. Wayne and Grace Rollins, believed in giv-
ing to living institutions that would affect people’s lives,” Kreisler said in the press release. “Our family has strived to keep that vision alive by the Foundation’s continued interest in many areas at Emory University.” Phase I of the project had moved Candler School of Theology from Bishop’s Hall to its new facility in
August 2008. This facility — which faces Dickey Drive and required one and a half years of construction — provided five floors of office space, classrooms and the University’s Ethics Center. — Contact Karishma Mehrotra at
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More Emory For Decades, Commencement Speaker Selection Has Sparked Debate, Discussion on Campus Point Stores to Open This Spring Continued from Page 1
Continued from Page 1 into empty, grey rooms. To make matters worse, according to Fab’rik’s store manager Ali Veremakis, the community just doesn’t know that some stores at Emory Point are already open and ready for customers. Dry cleaner Carriage Cleaners and four clothing retailers — Jos. A. Bank, Ann Taylor Loft, Fab’rik and Lizard Thicket — have seen little business despite a social media push by Emory Point. But Waynick knows that as soon as the workers finish construction and trucks and cranes make their way out of the complex, business will inevitably come. “I think the center is going to be amazing,” Waynick said. “This area needed something like this really, really bad ... It’s just a matter of getting all these cranes and trucks out of the way.” Waynick said that she expects business to really pick up speed given the number of people in nearby locations like the CDC and Emory University. Until that time comes, an overall sense of excitement will have to keep store managers at bay. Schon Cotton, store manager of Jos. A. Bank, reverberated that sentiment. She said that any community members that have walked into the store were excited to learn that her store is located here and ready for business. “It’s a good hub between the Highlands and Decatur,” Veremakis said. She and her employee Amy Thomas said this will be an “Atlantic station-esque” one-stop shop. They have already been in contact with Emory’s sororities for promotions. “I think the best thing about it is that it is such a diverse area,” Waynick said. “But they all kind of have this little center in common.” Until then, stores already open will have to wait patiently. Other restaurants and stores will stagger openings throughout next spring. Upcoming stores and restaurants include: American Threads, Strippaggio, Jazmin Spa, Francesca’s Collections, BurgerFi, CVS Pharmacy, Fresh to Order, Marlow’s Tavern, Solar Dimensions, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, The General Muir, La Tagliatella, Sweet Monkey, Paradise Biryani Pointe, Tin Lizzy’s and Bonefish Grill. — Contact Karishma Mehrotra at email@example.com
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to anti-malaria pioneer Ray Chambers and owner of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft. Emory will announce its final selection of a commencement speaker in the next few months. University President James W. Wagner said Emory’s reason for hosting an external commencement speaker on campus each year — as opposed to the school’s president giving the speech, which is the procedure at other colleges — is simply a matter of tradition and “gives us an opportunity to honor somebody.” The University has brought figures such as former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and physician and global health advocate Paul Farmer to campus in the past decade. Emory doesn’t pay its annual speaker, Wagner said, but does award him or her with an honorary degree. Although the commencement speech itself lasts for minutes, the process by which the University selects a speaker is one that begins a year before and sheds light on controversies that have surrounded some of the University’s previous final choices.
A List of Possibilities Student involvement is a central component of the commencement speaker selection process. A committee consisting of about 25 juniors — who will be graduating in May of the following year — convenes to establish a list of possibilities. “I think the best part about it is having juniors, and then seniors, on the committee,” said College senior Kiefer Hock, a member of this year’s committee. “We really give our voice and serve as representatives of the senior class because it would obviously be hard to involve [the entire] senior class in the decision process.” When College senior and College Council Budget Chair Cassandra Novick received an email informing her that she had been selected for the committee early last spring, she wasn’t sure exactly how she was chosen. She could tell, though, that the student advisory committee consisted of student leaders as well as a diverse representation of campus organizations. Vice President and Deputy to the President Gary Hauk leads the search each year and clarified that he selects students after requesting recommendations from colleagues and students in the College class a year ahead, among others. He wrote
in an email to the Wheel that he only if they choose to do so. convenes the committee at Wagner’s “I guess it could be more transrequest, and the committee meets parent,” she said. “It’s expected for several times during the course of the each person to reach out to their own spring semester. individual people.” Wagner said at some other schools, Novick added that the transition students have no involvement in the away from LearnLink conferences decision. has made it more difficult to obtain “Emory tries to be a little more student feedback. democratic in the nominating proThe President’s Office usually cess,” Wagner said. begins the process of inviting differAt the first meeting, the students ent speakers for the following year usually “brainstorm a list of all poten- to campus in late spring or early tial or desired speakers, ranging from summer, according to Hauk. If the the highly unlikely but totally well- University has what Hauk described known, [such as] Bono, to the very as “personal contacts” with one or possible but less celebrity-like, [like] more of the individuals on the list, Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola,” those potential speakers might be Hauk wrote. invited first, even if they are not the This committee met twice in the top choice. spring to develop “The rank order the list, according to is meant to be adviNovick and Hock. sory, not hard and “Frankly, I’m not Students were convinced that having a fast,” Hauk said. required to do some “We then pursue all research on poten- commencement speaker leads until we secure tial speakers before the way Emory does it is a confirmation.” the first meeting, The committee all that important.” Novick said, adding hasn’t met again this that the commitsemester, but Hauk — Gary Hauk, has kept them updattee makes an effort vice president and deputy to ed on the search to include a comthe president process thus far. bination of “bigger names” in addition Hock, too, as a to “lesser-known people” who can committee member, said he feels still provide a unique and interesting there are some aspects – such as message to the graduating class. transparency in the nomination pro“There was a good combination of cess – that he would change about the two and some thoughtful insight the process. was put into it from all sides,” Novick Still, he said, he appreciates the said. involvement students have in the Hock agreed, noting that the com- nominations. mittee desired “a more globally“It’s pretty much up to us to pick minded speaker but also someone who we want and then from there it’s who is very articulate and can actu- up to the administration,” Hock said. ally identify with the students here “I think in that regard it’s been very at Emory.” worthwhile. It gives us a lot of ownership in the selection process.” Narrowing Down the Options Once a speaker accepts Emory’s invitation to speak at commenceThe students divided this year’s ment, there are “standard logistical list into categories such as U.S. politi- steps” the University must follow, cal figures, religious leaders, writers, such as paying for transportation for activists and Hollywood celebrities the speaker to travel to campus. and artists. However, if a speaker rejects an Once the list is complete each offer to speak, Wagner and Hauk spring, Hauk wrote, he asks commit- return to the list. tee members to informally poll their “It makes me nervous when we classmates about the contenders. At get well into the winter,” Wagner the second meeting, the list is nar- said. “I’m most happy when we get rowed down to about 20 possibilities. someone by September or October.” And, Hauk explained, “after a few Wagner added that the University weeks of more polling and ponder- has established a practice where it ing,” the committee usually congre- doesn’t invite politicians — with the gates once again to rank-order a list exception of the U.S. President — of 10 potential speakers to present who can continue to run for office, to Wagner. “just so there’s no temptation to Novick said that she has mixed turn the event into a campaigning feelings about the process. While committee.” the committee members, as student There have been some last-minute leaders, have many student contacts cancellations in the past, and wellwhom they can effectively contact for known faculty members have had to input, she finds it “unfortunate” that take their place, according to Wagner. it’s up to each individual committee When Speaker Selection member to reach out to other students
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Raises Questions When the University announced in fall 2006 that Wagner himself was going to address the Class of 2007 — breaking from the University’s tradition of choosing an external speaker — he faced considerable backlash from students. “I offered to present the commencement address because that was the class I entered with [in 2003],” Wagner said. “It would’ve been an experiment: what would it have meant to break from tradition?” Students started an online petition, requesting that administrators and the committee reverse their decision. Wagner considered and ultimately agreed to do so. “Frankly, I’m not convinced that having a commencement speaker the way Emory does it is all that important,” Hauk said, emphasizing that many colleges like Cornell University
“When things were narrowed down ... we started assessing the overall character of the person ...” — Cassandra Novick, college senior have the university president deliver the address. “Even the best of speakers can be too long, too full of clichés, too forgettable. Most commencement addresses are unmemorable in themselves.” Hauk said the choice of a commencement speaker is “vexing for a lot of reasons,” particularly because “not everyone will care for a particular speaker,” even if a majority of the graduating class might. “Few people of any celebrity will be universally appealing,” Hauk
wrote. “Even the Dalai Lama in 1996 and Desmond Tutu in 1988 had their detractors.” The question of whether the University should strive for “big names” rather than less-known individuals who might deliver a more unique or engaging speech has arisen in the past. Regardless, a commencement speaker should “have some name recognition, even if not a household name,” Hauk wrote. When former Senator George Mitchell was announced as the graduation speaker in 2000 shortly after he aided in efforts to secure peace in Northern Ireland, some students expressed disapproval because they did not immediately recognize his name. And when Mikhail Gorbachev was selected in 1992, some students expressed concerns that the amount of required security and focus on Gorbachev himself would overshadow their graduation. Hock said the committee’s focus has been on an individual who can identify with the greatest number of students graduating in the spring. Novick said that the student committee “equally disagrees” about having a big-name speaker versus a speaker who will give a great speech, regardless of how well-known they are. “When things were narrowed down, we stopped assessing the big names and started assessing the overall character of the person in terms of what he or she would provide to Emory and how they would relate to the graduating class,” Novick said. As for the commencement speaker for the Class of 2013, an invitation as been sent out, and the office of the possible speaker has responded that they received the invitation. Wagner said the University hopes to hear back in the next month. — Contact Jordan Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Professional Climate a National Trend in Higher Education Continued from Page 1 with an increase in the number of students taking introductory classes who declare themselves “pre-med” and in the number of students taking preparatory classes in human physiology and biochemistry. But Forman cautions that this increase in “pre-med” students may be overinflated by students’ discussions on campus. “It’s my experience that there’s always an overestimation of the number of pre-professional students because the students who know what their path is talk more openly about it than those who don’t know their path,” he says. Emory senior Marissa Devar, a business and economics double major, chose the business route because it offered her “more tangible job opportunities.” Last year a whopping 91 percent of Goizueta BBA graduates were placed into jobs within three months of graduation. “Emory is a really great school, but given the price of going to school here, I think most people use it as a means to an end to get a really good job or to go to a really good grad school,” she says. “The price wouldn’t be worth it if it were just a [place] to learn.” Raggi Moore believes the sociopolitical culture of the United States has manifested itself at Emory as well. “Here, we can justify our high tuition by promising your parents that in four years you’ll have something in your hand,” she says, referring to high-paying jobs or coveted seats in graduate and professional schools. The notion that getting a job is more important than learning is alarming for some. Banerjee says students come into college with a very acute understanding of the financial rewards they get from their education, but they have no concept of the developmental rewards. “It’s all about personal development: the rewards of being exposed
to new ideas, of seeing the world in different planes, of stretching your brain. That is why you are here. The degree is incidental,” he says. College junior Sehe Han, a neuroscience and behavioral biology major, says her interdisciplinary science and nature of evidence class is the most intellectually rewarding class she has taken. The class is co-taught by her former biology professor Arri Eisen and Sataya Negri, a Tibetan monk. “(Eisen) teaches outside of science. You would only find that at Emory. He’s teaching how science interacts with the world,” she says. Ginny Chae/Layout Editor
A Matter of Advising The current advising system in the College calls for all faculty members to take on three incoming students as advisees each year. Though students can indicate preferences for faculty advisors in their fields of interest, there is a disproportionate number of faculty who align with these preferences. As is often the case, those who underperform on pre-professional tracks can be left in the dark when paired with ill-suited advisors. Some are saying this advising system, which launched three years ago, hinders intellectual growth among such students who enter the college with vocations in mind. Many fall short of their academic expectations and are forced to reinvent themselves down the road as upperclassmen. Emory senior Brian Fuller has seen this firsthand after two years as a residential advisor for freshmen in Dobbs Hall. “Most students come to Emory on a pre-professional track, though many change their minds later on because they aren’t doing well enough,” he says. Spell sees the situation differently. “I think that many students rethink their directions after they come to college,” she says. “The grades are a reflection of this process, not a cause.”
In an email to the Wheel, physics lecturer and pre-health faculty mentor Dr. Thomas Bing challenged Fuller’s assessment. “Maybe some people get low grades and that causes them to rethink their career plans. But I think lots of others just discover a passion for some other career or academic field,” he says, citing the rich liberal arts presence at Emory. In this process of personal growth and exploration, Han and others say they are unsatisfied with the role that faculty advising has played in their decision-making. “The advising program at Emory is not satisfactory at all in my opinion,” Han says. “You have a confused population of professors and an incoming confused population of freshmen, so nothing really gets done.” Fuller, who has not used an advisor in two years, says most people don’t talk to their advisors because advisors don’t reach out to them. “A lot of students get into pitfalls because of a lack of advising,” he says. Banerjee suggests that inadequate advising in the College stems from an imbalance of incentives and rewards. Faculty at a large research university are praised, promoted and rewarded for making research their number one priority, while advising takes a distant back seat. “The way incentives are at any
university, including [ours], is that teaching is number two; advising comes even lower,” he says. Banerjee says that professors who are heavily invested in research are guaranteed job security provided that their teaching simply isn’t negative. And with regards to advising: “Oh my god, that’s in the basement. That’s the last thing!” he says. Growing student independence exacerbates the lack of incentivized faculty advising. “It’s a two-way street,” Raggi Moore says. “Students aren’t clamoring for anything different. Every single one of my students is too busy.” Raggi Moore is a great proponent of the old Freshmen Advising & Mentoring at Emory (FAME) system, in which faculty were given $500, a van and 12 to 16 students. Raggi Moore says the trip allowed faculty to foster bonds with incoming freshmen on trips to places like Nashville, Tenn. and Montgomery, Ala. Everyone met as a group on a weekly basis thereafter. Initially the program lasted a whole semester, though it was eventually phased out due to a lack of funding and faculty interest, she says. As part of the new advising program, Raggi Moore advises three students per year, but bemoans the number of students who don’t show up for appointments or who ignore her emails. When advisees do show
up, they think they already know the paths they want to take. Students are “completely advised by peers and by computers,” she says. Banerjee, meanwhile, believes most faculty aren’t taking their role as advisors seriously. For them, the advising system is just an affirmation of what already happened. “If there isn’t anything new being fed to this kid, then I don’t think any advising is going on,” he says. Forman declined to comment on the comparison between FAME and the current advising system, but maintains that the decision to switch was not made behind closed doors. “It was a decision made by the faculty, not driven by the administration,” he says. According to Forman, the decision made sense because there are roughly 500 faculty and 1,500 incoming freshman each year. “And so this idea that every member of the faculty will advise three freshmen is a remarkable commitment on the part of the faculty. It’s a very powerful statement,” he says.
Looking Ahead Though students, faculty and administrators have differing opinions about the causality, everyone agrees that these numbers in the College reflect national trends in higher education: students are turning to the web for advising, technology for learning and facing economic pressure to choose “vocational” majors like business or computer science over traditional liberal arts majors like English and history. On a more positive note, Forman insists that the number of humanities majors is back on the rise and that increasing enrollment in the humanities has been an explicitly-stated priority for the college. “This year, the number of incoming freshmen students who say their primary interest was in the humanities is 20 percent higher than last year’s freshman class,“ he says.
Forman hopes to keep the momentum going with relentless promotion of its liberal arts mission. “Emory is a great place for premed students, and we are a great place for students who are interested in business. But that’s not the whole story,” he says. “And I think we need to do a better job of telling the whole story.” With regards to advising, Forman says the administration has been communicating more openly with students and faculty in the last two years since the new advising system launched. Incoming students receive more detailed materials that delineate the advising process in greater depth, he says. Students learn what advising should be, what they can expect to gain from the system and what their faculty advisors expect from them in return. “What I’ve heard from both students and faculty is that the relationship is much more rewarding and the conversations more rich now than they were two years ago,” he says. Regardless of how students feel about the advising system, Banerjee says that it’s too much to expect the institution to provide the impetus. “The impetus has to come from the student, and the institution has to provide fertile petri dishes so that their rankings can grow,” he says. “But you have to do the growing. You’ve got to be the material.” Some students move through preprofessional regimens without exposure to a liberal arts class outside the general education requirements. Banerjee believes that by bypassing these other opportunities, students miss an opportunity to “develop the human being.” Speaking to pre-professional students, Banerjee has one suggestion. “If you take four or five classes, at least one or two of them should leave you a different human being at the end of the semester,” he says. “If they’re not, then you are not choosing your classes correctly.” — Contact Nicholas Goodwin at email@example.com
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Walk-Out Well Organized
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Emory Cuts Protest Achieved Its Goals Peacefully and With a Minimum of Controversy More than 200 students and faculty staged a walk-out on the Quadrangle Tuesday. Those who protested did so in front of the Administration building and later conducted a six-hour sit-in inside of the Administration building. The protesters congregated together to voice their concerns via megaphone about College Dean Forman’s department changes announced in mid-September. The group demanded a meeting with University President James W. Wagner, who eventually agreed to what would become a three-hour meeting. By the meeting’s conclusion, Wagner and Forman, who was put on speakerphone, agreed to a public meeting, which will happen today (Friday) at 5 p.m. We find the protest successful in its organized efforts. The national and local media coverage was exceptional, and the protesters successfully arranged a meeting with Wagner. The overall energy of the protest was orderly, and in general, stayed focused on the issue at hand. For example, when an unknown and uninformed group showed up to join the protest, students of the Student Re-Visioning Committee asked the agitators to leave. Students also took votes at various points during the sit-in to decide the next course of action. In this way, a democratic process allowed the group, not a select few, to drive the course of the sit-in. Of course, there were some distractions during the sit-in, but overall, we found the protest effective. We encourage future protests to be conducted in the same manner. We also applaud the administration for how they handled the unexpected sit-in. The last time students forcibly occupied the fourth floor of the Administration building, they were given a deadline and threatened with arrest if they stayed past said deadline. On Tuesday, administrators allowed students to stay on the fourth floor, and we are glad that police force wasn’t used. Additionally, we are glad that Wagner agreed to meet with the group and devoted a serious amount of time to the meeting (three hours). We do, though, have questions about what exactly protesters hoped and still hope to achieve. Are they asking for the department changes to be fully withdrawn or for the departments that are being cut to somehow maintain a presence on campus? Regardless, we hope that Wagner and Forman are fully forthcoming and honest at the meeting later this afternoon and that the University does not lose sight of the importance of a liberal arts education. The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.
Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country Yale Daily News Yale University Thursday November 15, 2012 In its staff editorial, titled “Protect Education Studies,” the editorial board of the Yale Daily News defends the university’s education studies program against allegations of being too “pre-professional.” [...]Two years ago, administrators announced that Yale’s Teacher Preparation program would end. Student voices temporarily saved the program, causing administrators to extend it until the end of last semester. But the program — and the certification it offered — is now gone. Today, the future of its replacement, the Education Studies program, remains unclear. It is time for students to find their voices once again and to express what they wish to see in a strong and sustainable Education Studies program. The program is not ending; it is transitioning, and this moment of transition is when students can have the greatest impact. But no students currently serve on the Education Studies Advisory Committee that will help determine the future of the program. And, at the end of this semester, the program will lose director Linda Cole-Taylor — a passionate, dedicated and experienced advocate for the study of education in an academic context. With these resources gone, students must advocate for themselves. On campus, at a time when John Starr’s political science seminars on public schools are consistently oversubscribed, and Teach for America remains a top destination for Yalies after graduation, it makes little sense to reduce access to classes on education. What Education Studies classes need is the same sense of legitimacy that has been bestowed by administrators on any of Yale’s major departments or programs. This can be accomplished by strengthening and expanding class offerings in Education Studies, many of which should be cross-listed with other academic departments, so that learning about learning can be part of an integrated liberal arts education. But the program
must also be able to stand on its own. Education Studies should not be vocational, it should be rigorously philosophical, intellectual and multidisciplinary. The Education Studies program has been criticized for being pre-professional, a buzzword liberally applied to courses that supposedly should not be part of a liberal arts education. But the Global Affairs major culminates in a work-based senior capstone project and the Journalism Initiative trains students to write articles. We should not eliminate offerings associated with a specific profession — studying education can only make us more effective learners, the very desire that first brought us to Yale. Students in Cole-Taylor’s “Schools, Community, and the Teacher,” the central seminar of the Education Studies program, are placed as observers in New Haven schools. They have often worked with former members of the Yale Teacher Preparation program — graduates of the College who now teach in local New Haven high schools. Education studies at Yale, despite its shaky and uncertain future, has created a cycle of Yalies learning from one another and giving back to our greater community. Our University cannot afford to lose this invaluable resource. We hope to see a new director of Education Studies appointed soon, one who will be able to continue Cole-Taylor’s efforts with the full financial and administrative support of the University. We expect this director to continue some form of the central Education Studies seminar, allowing students who were turned away this semester another opportunity to enroll. This new director must maintain ColeTaylor’s relationships with local schools, so that the cycle of Yalies involved in New Haven schools can go unbroken. To truly fulfill our New Haven promise, to be full citizens of our city, we must continue to teach. If we raise our hands and speak, we can show Yale administrators that they have underestimated the passion for teaching and education on this campus.
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The Meaning of True Love “Love” Inevitably Unfolds Into Co-Dependence I think it’s safe to say that one of the most asked questions these days is “what is love?” Honestly, I wish I could tell you the right answer, but I’m 18 years old, dazed and confused, and I’m too scared to actually figure it out. I will, however, give you all some of the insight I have garnered through my external and internal experiences. Hollywood, Disney, romance novels and those silly love ballads we hear on a daily basis have negatively influenced people’s perceptions of what loving and being loved is. Romeo and Juliet was absurd. Twilight was worse. Wait, 50 Shades of Gray was actually the worst. All of these kinds of “love stories” have created an unattainable idea, especially in younger generations, of finding true love. None of that is true. At least, on a grand scale it’s not true. There is no such thing as a soulmate, or being together with someone forever; these are all just justifications for being codependent on another human being. No one should be co-dependent, especially at a young age. If you live your life through another person’s eyes you’ll never find yourself and without finding yourself, you become lost in a life that you aren’t even sure you wanted. Finding yourself is a precondition to
the search for love itself. Sometimes, the idea of “love” gets confused with lust or infatuation. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can be when the distinction isn’t made clear. Infatuation can mean love, but the inverse isn’t true. For younger generations, or to make this a little bit more relatable, for college students, realizing that the “love” you feel for another person may just be infatuation is the first step to selfactualizing and independence. Being caught up in the idea of love, or falling in love with love, can only blur your view of reality. Aristotle characterizes friendship in three distinct ways: a friendship of pleasure (being friends with someone because they make you temporarily happy), a friendship of utility (being friends with someone who you use for your own personal gain), and a friendship of reciprocity (this can only be one person in your life, and Aristotle argues that this person is the one you live with/ is your “soulmate,”). I will argue that the former two, utility and pleasure, are the kinds of friendships we all have during our years in college. I think realizing that this is true is a step in the right direction towards pragmatism. I urge you to stop looking for your hus-
band or your wife but rather start looking for yourself. The chances of finding your soulmate here at Emory is slim to none. We need to stop prioritizing the end, but rather we should be prioritizing the means. By that I mean, the search for our “soulmate” is more interesting and fulfilling than the actual find itself. Additionally, the search can result in personal gains and realizations, and even if what you’re looking for isn’t found, the process in doing so is good enough. This sounds really pessimistic, I understand that. But from what I have experienced in my 18 years of life (as if that’s any time at all), I’ve realized that finding yourself is more beneficial than finding someone else that “completes you,” whatever that means. Let’s all be independent and stop focusing on the search for true love. If love does actually exist, then maybe you’ll find it one day, but it’s really okay if you don’t. We all want to be wanted but independence is essential and sometimes things fall apart so better things can come together.
Asst. Editorials Editor Priyanka Krishnamurthy is a College sophomore from Koppell, Texas.
We Are Human; We Are Different What It Takes to Be a Better Person What makes a person better? I’m appalled to find that so often we think that wealth, intelligence, sex, race or often mere ignorance justifies the assertion of superiority of one human over another. Take the time to explore these, however, and you’ll find that’s simply not the case. From a purely scientific standpoint, humans are a biochemical arrangement of atoms and molecules. Science, you will notice, does not often account for the “soul.” What then? Is it possible to say that one arrangement of atoms and molecules is “better” than another? Well, that depends heavily on your criteria for “better.” Some arrangements are more conducive to survival — the prolonged existence of these biochemical arrangements — but even this is heavily dependent on environmental circumstance; one arrangement may flourish or flounder depending only on its given environment. This is Jared Diamond’s point in his book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, that the success of civilizations in various parts of the globe is determined almost wholly on its environment. Perhaps, one may argue, “better” is simply closer to the ideal, to perfection. That implies that there is a perfect arrangement, which in turn, engenders the idea of a creator or Creator. Clearly, we are stepping out of the bounds of objective naturalism. Those who have crossed that line include Hitler and
slave-traders, justifying their crimes against humanity with the idea that those under their persecution were intrinsically inferior to themselves. These views, clearly, have not prevailed for the most part and are continually being sought out and eradicated. How else can one distinguish “better” from “worse”? I’ve yet to come across an adequate set of criteria. Instead, I would argue that we are not all equal, nor are we unequal, but that differences do not intrinsically translate to superiority or inferiority and that any such notions are highly contextual. I believe this view is shared by many, if not most, of my colleagues at Emory, that human life is human life, regardless of its specific composition. If that is the case, then, how must we consider obvious gaps in socioeconomic status among our fellow human beings? How must we consider gaps in intelligence or social skills? We cannot ignore their existence, for their effects are far-reaching and a powerful force in shaping society, but I do believe our acknowledgement of their existence has for the large part been inconsistent with the views presented above. This is a real danger at Emory where there is a major convergence of socioeconomic class and race. For the most part, this diverse confluence is achieved with remarkable success, but the odd time I have caught a hint
of condescension in a look or word between persons. The largest sufferers, I would posit, are the wonderful Emory staff. The most grievous offense, in my opinion, is their being taken for granted. Simple words of thanks, appreciation and caring are in order. Those laboring in our service were not predestined or best suited for this position; socioeconomic background, intelligence and other factors largely outside their control brought them to a relatively lowpaying and menial job, especially in comparison to the careers often made possible by an Emory education. Does this make them or their services less? Not according to the conclusions we reached earlier in this article. Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control — a series of proverbial butterflies wings from the beginning of time — their intelligence (a trait largely genetic), socioeconomic status and social prestige is different from ours. “Different” is the correct word here; “less” or “worse” are words relevant only in sociallyconstructed contexts with no intrinsic implications. We are all humans. We are all partners with a common interest in the wellbeing of our society. It is time we acted consistently with that belief.
Jonathan Warkentine is a College Freshman from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Friday, December 7, 2012
Emory Cuts: We’re All Watching
Senate Must Reform Filibuster
‘Dialogue’ is over and negotiation has begun. Wagner and Forman have committed to good faith negotiation. They must respond to the powerful message sent by the Emory community with concessions in both policy and process. We wish to give them a chance to fulfill their promise of genuine negotiation, openmindedness and willingness for concession. But if these negotiations are not approached in good faith, the Emory community will continue to assert itself. We insist that Forman’s decisions be subject to appeal. Wagner maintains that “advisory capacity” is all faculty and students can hope for. If “advisory capacity” were sufficient, the Emory community would not have had to occupy the administration building. In our Tuesday negotiation, Wagner emphasized that Forman has sole authority over the cuts. Even the United States Congress does not have this level of budget authority. Without institutional checks and balances, all student and faculty input is completely toothless. Departmental changes that occurred as part of a illegitimate process are themselves illegitimate and must be fully reversed. We advocate the creation of a committee that is representative of faculty, staff and students with the power to reverse the cuts. We insist that rationale for all decisions be released. Wagner has previously maintained the specific rationale for the decisions are confidential. During our first negotiation, he reversed this position, and we hope Forman will agree. In our teleconference with Forman, Wagner emphasized to Forman the credibility and thoughtfulness of our arguments. We believe this is to Wagner’s credit, and we hope Forman will have the courage to revisit his decisions. We regret that Wagner and Forman refuse to allow media to be a party to these negotiations, and that they continue to forward an authoritarian vision of university governance. Discussions about failures of transparency must take place transparently. The Emory community, and not solely administrators, deserves to decide a vision of Emory’s future. We have proven we are both willing and able to plan this vision. It is up to Wagner and Forman to revisit their decisions and help us chart a path forward. If they do not, the Emory community will hold them accountable, and the nation will be watching. The legitimacy of Emory’s commitment to ethical inquiry hangs in the balance.
David Mullins is a College junior from Austin, Texas.
Productivity in Senate Will Depend on Filibuster Reform
The conversation in the U.S. Senate as we approach the 113th United States Congress has shifted to the upcoming fiscal cliff, and how best to put together a deal that will appease both Republicans and Democrats to prevent what has been described as an armageddon that would plunge our economy into a second recession. However, there is another, more subtle argument, occurring in the U.S. Senate that I would like to take time to comment on: the rules surrounding the filibuster. The filibuster is the ability of the minority party to kill a bill by requiring 60 votes to pass any measure, or a cloture vote. This super-majority is rarely ever reached. This is how obstructionism occurs in the Senate. Both parties use the filibuster to kill bills or to require compromise. It’s why the Senate is considered a more deliberative body. It requires the consent of the majority and protects the rights of the minority to filibuster. However, this has been abused ever since the Democrats took over the Senate in 2007, to derail the Democratic agenda and that of President Barack Obama. In the 110th Congress (2007-2008), the filibuster was used 112 times, representing 18 percent of all Senate votes. For comparison, the most the Democrats used the filibuster in one session is 61 times. Still a lot, but that just goes to show that reform is necessary.
‘Filibuster reform is a path to a more open, responsive and productive Senate...’ It is because of this that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has proposed a reform of the filibuster. No more should the filibuster threaten a bill from even being debated. That will no longer be possible. Also, the simple threat of filibustering wouldn’t be enough anymore. Now, a Senator who wishes to block a vote on a bill would have to get to the floor and talk the bill to death, like in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”. It’s surprising to me that this is a measure that needs to take place; I thought this was already the case. What’s the point of a vote to stop debate (to invoke cloture and end a filibuster) if no debate is taking place? The Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is staunchly against these changes. Of course he is: it would hurt his ability to be relevant in the Senate with a newly enlarged Democratic presence there (the Democrats increased their majority from 53 to 55 in the 2012 elections). He considers this a monumental change to the Senate. It eliminates “the minority voices the Senate was built to protect,” according to Sen. McConnell. Little did he know that this is not the case. The founding fathers were staunchly
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against a filibuster. James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 58 that “[Requiring a supermajority] would mean the fundamental principle of free government would be reversed. It would be no longer the majority that would rule; the power would be transferred to the minority.” Likewise, Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 22 that if “the sense of the smaller number will overrule that of the greater ... [the result will be] continual negotiation and intrigue; contemptible compromises of the public good.” This does not sound like a support of “minority rights”, but rather a repudiation of them. It also sounds suspiciously like our current dysfunctional status quo. The Senate was not built with a filibuster in mind. In 1805, Vice President Aaron Burr looked at the rule book of the Senate and saw a provision that required a majority vote to end debate. He thought it was a duplicate rule and recommended its elimination. In doing so, he inadvertently made the filibuster
possible. Cloture (60 votes ending filibusters) wasn’t established until 1917, when the filibuster was first considered a real problem. It was established as a compromise measure. The filibuster was not created as a protection of the minority; it was an accident that had to be reigned in. And the current political climate means it should probably be reigned in again. These rule changes normally require 67 votes. However, on the first day of business in January, it can be done with 51 votes due to an obscure rule, normally called the “nuclear option.” Sen. Reid intends to go forward with this, being attacked by Sen. McConnell for doing so. To be fair, this is something that Sen. Reid also attacked when Republicans attempted it in 2005 to end the filibuster for judicial nominees. However, Sen. McConnell’s insistence that this is a “fundamental change to the way the Senate operates” is simply untrue. It’s exactly what he and his party wanted to do
in 2005. Therefore, the Senate should reform the filibuster. It is the only way we can get anything done and allow elections to matter. Otherwise, why bother voting for representatives, if the other side can just block them anyway? It’s time that the filibuster was reformed (not eliminated), and that if a Senator wants to filibuster, he or she can miss dinner and stand on the floor. A senator can be judged by the American people for blocking popular bills which should normally have bipartisan support. An example is the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides health care for 9/11 first responders. This bill was filibustered by Senate Republicans in 2010 before finally being accepted in a weaker version. Filibuster reform is a path to a more open, responsive and productive Senate. I firmly support it.
Vijay Reddy is a College senior from Fayetteville, Ga.
Auschwitz: Let This Place Be a Cry of Despair BENNETT OSTDIEK “For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity.” So begins the inscription on the memorial in the AuschwitzBirkenau extermination camp. I can think of no better words to describe exactly what this place is and should be. Despair lurks around every corner, sometimes separated from us by glass or a railing, but always there. Any person who enters one of these camps should heed its warning as to the utter blackness that exists in the hearts of men and the extreme levels of depravity to which our race can sink. More than a week after visiting Auschwitz I, Birkenau and Chelmno, I still do not fully know what to think of the experience, and I probably never will. Depressing is the word that comes most easily to mind, though I am not sure if it is the best. Frustrating is an apt phrase. Devastating, moving, confusing, overwhelming and lonely all also fit in there somewhere. The fact of the matter is I was overwhelmed with a sea of emotions in that horrible place — some of them coexisted in contradiction with each other, while others overwhelmed me with a singular force. As I wandered through the camp, I could not help but wonder if it should still exist. See the building which had been built quickly and shoddily being reinforced and renovated was troubling to me. Is it right for us to artificially preserve these camps? Part of me instinctually answers no. For one, letting nature reclaim these places is, in a way, a final victory over them. Take Chelmno. It is now a lovely meadow in the middle of a forest, with a simple memorial at its far edge. For the 180,000 people for whom this site is their final resting place, a beautiful forest clearing seems to be a much nicer place to spend eternity than inside barbed wire and next to the barracks where the Nazis made their slave laborers sleep five to a bunk. Furthermore, looking again at Chelmno, nothing could stand in starker contrast to the supreme depravity of the Nazis than the stunning beauty of nature. Beyond all this, at times I had to wonder if it is necessary to be reminded so harshly of this horrible period in human history. As I looked at the narrow steps that led down into
Crematorium II, I realized that every single one of the several hundred thousand people who had been killed in that building had walked, single file, down those stairs. Does a thing that has led so many innocent people to their deaths deserve to still exist and, moreover, to be preserved? It seems one thing to allow these camps to remain and run their natural course, but a whole other to artificially extend their life. Some things are so evil that they simply should not be. But on the other hand, preserving these camps might be the only, or at least the best, way to preserve the memory of the victims. There are rooms at Auschwitz piled high with belongings taken from its victims. As I looked into the giant room piled to the top with a seemingly infinite number of eyeglasses, I couldn’t help but understand that each and every one of those glasses had been worn by a man, woman, or child murdered by the Nazis — like the glasses, a seemingly infinite number, but to each single pair of glasses there was a single pair of eyes that can no longer see, thanks to the Nazis. Same for the room filled to the brim with shoes — for each shoe, a foot that will never walk again. The room with the suitcases evoked an even more powerful response from me. Since each victim was allowed to bring only one suitcase to the camp, in that suitcase they attempted to bring their whole lives with them. As our guide asked us, if you only had one suitcase with which to pack up your life in, what would you put in it? Those suitcases symbolized all the hopes and misconceptions of those coming to the camps. Those coming to Auschwitz brought the world with them. With the right connections, one could live like a king in Auschwitz. Nearly everything one could want could be found in the camp — fine food, beautiful instruments, fancy clothes. Those coming to the camp brought all that and more with them. One man even brought his dentist’s chair. Could you be any more wrong, to think that you could come to Auschwitz and continue your dentistry practice? The food, the instruments, the clothes, the chair — all of these things were taken away upon arrival, and each prisoner was left with nothing but an ill-fitting uniform and the knowledge that all else was lost. As the room
with the hair testified to, from many people the Nazis took even that. There is a phrase I have long liked, the title of a book by Irène Némirovsky called All Our Worldly Goods. In each suitcase, a victim of Auschwitz had attempted to bring all their worldly goods with them to the camp, but in each and every case, all their worldly goods were stripped away.
‘Depressing is the word that comes...easily to my mind...’ Our guide asked us, in a rather challenging way, why we came to Auschwitz instead of Chelmno (it was a rare moment of humor in the camp when we were able to tell her that we had already visited that site), Treblinka, Belzec or any of the other death camps. The obvious answer is that Auschwitz is the name synonymous with evil, the camp that defines all camps. But why is this? Treblinka has almost as many victims. Majdanek is better preserved. But Auschwitz is the place everyone visits. The answer she gave, which makes sense to me, is that Auschwitz had by far the most survivors of any camp, and hence the most stories told and memoirs written about it. It has become a tourist destination. The buses that can be seen in Krakow offering tours of the city — they’ll take you to the Cathedral, the salt mines and Auschwitz — are evidence of this. It is a place to get your picture taken at. It feels wrong to see people posing with a big smile next to the guard tower, barbed wire or gas chamber. Is this place doing its job if it is just another box to check on a list of places to visit in the world, somewhere between the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben? Is this great evil being preserved not as a warning, but as an attraction? On the other hand, who are we to judge what this place means to other people, and the reactions it draws from them? Throughout the camp, there are pictures which were taken by the SS when the camp was operational. One shows an elderly man with a cane standing in front of an SS doctor, who is waving the man to the right, to join the others unfit to work in
the line for the gas chambers. What has been captured is the very moment of judgment, the instant at which it was decided whether this man would live or die. Out of respect for the site, people are asked not to eat in the camp, and the guides strictly enforce this. But I agree with Torben’s line of reasoning — enough people have gone hungry in Auschwitz. In the same vein, I feel that enough judgment has been passed at this place. So why have I written so much about Auschwitz instead of Chelmno? Why is it that I when I came back to Copenhagen and updated my blog I considered it so much more important to preserve my initial reactions to the former instead of the latter? The simple reason is that my reaction to Auschwitz was much stronger than my reaction to Chelmno. This is probably because of my own human failings and limitations — just the site and the memory, which is what is offered at Chelmno, is not as powerful as the building, artifacts and pictures on display at Auschwitz. Perhaps this is an answer to the guide’s question, of why everyone visits Auschwitz over the other camps, and perhaps the fact that this camp is capable of eliciting such powerful responses is also an argument as to why it should be preserved, and nature should not be allowed to run its course. The pictures displayed were especially moving, and three have especially stood out to me. The first is the picture of a women being led towards the gas chambers upon arriving at the camp, having been deemed unfit for work. Her expression is proud, almost haughty, and she is looking right at the camera. Since all these pictures were taken by the SS, this woman was looking right at one of her murders, and she knew the fate to which she was being led. Yet she refused to show any fear or any sign of weakness. This woman was strong. To show such strength in the face of such extreme circumstances — that moved me. The second was the little girl in the woods at Birkenau, waiting for the backlog to clear so she and her family can get gassed. As is testified to by the fact that those transported to Auschwitz brought all their worldly goods with them, most did not know they were being brought here to die. Even as they entered the
gas chamber, they were told they were entering a shower, and to remember where they had left their clothes. But those who had to wait in the woods because of backlog could see the smoke rising from the crematoriums. The picture of this girl was set up in the exact place where it had been originally taken, within easy view of the death chambers. She is with her family as they wait to be led to their death. She gazes at the camera with a strange look on her face. It is not defiance, and neither is it fear. It is a look of understanding, resignation, and acceptance. This girl was only five, but she knows her fate. The third was actually a pair pictures – the only pictures not taken by the SS, but rather by inmates who somehow managed to get their hands on a camera and film, take pictures without getting caught, develop the film, and ensure the survival of the negatives. The first showed a group of naked Jewish women being led into the chambers, and the second show their bodies being pulled out and piled up. The SS’s pictures show lots of scenes from the day-to-day life of the camp, but nothing like this. These pictures are before and after snapshots of the very worst of which humanity is capable. There is nothing worse to look at than a picture of a pile of freshly-murdered bodies. That picture, along with those of the understanding girl, the strong woman and the judged man, will stay with me forever. For ever. That bring us back to where we started: “For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity.” Right after I saw Crematorium II, and the steps that hundreds of thousands of people walked down to their deaths, I had to break away from the group, sit down and look away. I simply could not take it. When Torben came over, sat down next to me and asked me if I was ok, I told him I was fine. That was a lie. Despair reeks from every crevice, every nook and cranny of that place. I did not have any idea of the depths to which mankind can sink until I came to Auschwitz. I cannot speak for humanity as a whole, but I consider myself warned.
Assistant to the Sports Editor Bennett Ostdiek is a College sophomore from Bellaire, Texas. An alternate version of this editorial appeared on his blog.
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Student Life FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012 Student Life Editor: Justin Groot (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOROSCOPES Holiday Edition
Aries The North Star is pulsating at an abnormally violent rate. This is a sure sign you should attend all those holiday parties you will be invited to because there is a good chance you will be caught underneath some mistletoe. Get ready to feel your heart pulsate.
Taurus ‘Tis the season to take that special someone out to the ice-skating rink. Saturn’s moons are orbiting at the perfect speed for frequent hand-holding. Just prepare for some bruises and scraped knees later because your date is sure to sweep you off you feet.
Gemini Word on the street is the lights show at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is fantastic, so why not check it out? You’ll have fun with friends while picking up some tips on how to string the lights outside your house. Your neighbors will surely be impressed by your decked-out trees.
Cancer After experiencing a dreidel winning streak, you’ll think you have all the luck in the world this Chanukah. Mars’s temperature is rising, though, which means you should avoid the latke-frying at all costs, or you will most likely make a visit to the hospital with seconddegree burns.
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Senegalese destinations like Goree Island (left) and Kédougou (top, right) are the kinds of places non-traditional study abroad opportunities allow a student to visit.
Adventures Abound in Non-Traditional Study Abroad By Bryan Cronan Contributing Writer I was in the backwoods of an island three hours from anything. A few bulbs hanging from trees illuminated an open circle. Women in bright robes chanted while men beat drums to an ancient rhythm. Young men were wearing spiritual talismans, pulsing their bodies in timehonored propitiations. In the middle, competitors went head to head, trying to take their opponent to the sand. Each one was vying for the glorious
title of village champion. The night I sat and watched Laamb, West African folk wrestling, has thus far been one of the most riveting experiences of my life. The experience was only possible because I decided to study in a non-traditional location. Studying abroad anywhere is a time of cultivating a worldview and having lifelong experiences, but nontraditional places, countries outside of Europe or Australia, can provide the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore an exotic country far from
home. “I chose to study abroad because I wanted to be pushed out of my comfort zone,” said College junior Grace Veker, who is studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal. “I knew that if I went somewhere in Europe, it would be different than my life in the US, but I wanted an even bigger challenge,” Veker believes non-traditional places are the bigger challenge because, in these countries, students are thrown into a culture where almost every cultural norm is unfamiliar. Through these differences,
one begins to understand who they are and how they perceive the world. “There are countless times I’ve been challenged here in Senegal, but every time I’m faced with an obstacle, I learn from it, and when faced with the same obstacle again, I am better prepared for how to handle it and overcome other obstacles,” Veker said. In Senegal, I eat meals around one communal bowl filled with an unorthodox pile of food. Everyone sits on the floor and eats with their hands, taking the contents from the
Your friend unexpectedly gives you a gift for the holidays, but you’ve gotten them nothing. You are officially the worst person in the world. We’ve all been there, so this season, why not one-up your overly-kind friends by having a supply of cheap yet great gifts to throw at them? Cut down on holiday stress by using these financially-savvy ideas.
even make them really cheesy if you want (see: Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”). What better way is there to convert your friends to your obviously superior musical taste? Pro-Tip: Make a mixtape for your crush or significant other with a bunch of (good) love songs and baby-making tracks. It’s a personal gift that says everything for you (just be careful about giving a CD with “I Will Always Love You” to someone you’ve just met...).
1. Weird Stuff You Find At Thrift Stores Contrary to popular belief, thrift stores like Goodwill are not just for hipsters and the homeless. You can actually find some pretty awesome stuff in these places, and usually, for under $10. You may have to sift through things that seem better suited for your grandparents, but a nice set of wine glasses or a fruit bowl (or a small statue of a lion, found by yours truly) is a great gift for anyone. Even though some of these things are preowned, don’t let that deter you; after all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
2. Mixtapes Are Your Best Friends For the price of one blank CD, you can make a really thoughtful gift for someone. Burn a playlist of your favorite songs for your friends,
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3. A Picture Worth A Thousand Words (give-or-take) Here’s an easy one, print out your favorite picture of you and your friend and put it in a nice picture frame, which you can find online or at a general store for pretty cheap. You can make it as sweet or as silly as you want with the help of a computer (ex: alter the picture by drawing a handsome mustache on your friend’s face, regardless of gender). Just be aware of other objects in the background of whatever picture you choose (like
outside and moving towards the center. There is no talking. There is no looking at others while they eat. At first, I was uncomfortable. I wanted my own plate with utensils and a meal consisting of foods I could identify. Then it hit me. In Senegal, the most important thing is the people around you. The ritual of eating around a common bowl with my family is a manifestation of that belief. There is no running to the fast-food restaurant down the street to grab a meal before
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your buddy’s crazy ex or certain bottles/cans if you’re underage).
4. Baked Goods!!! Arguably the best presents ever, cookies and brownies and cakes (oh my!) will brighten up everyone’s holidays, and they’re really easy to make. Whether you’re a culinary genius or a walking fire hazard in the kitchen, you can make sweets for almost anyone (and if you REALLY can’t, you can get fresh-baked stuff at any grocery store for under $10). Just make sure to find out if your friend is vegan or only eats gluten-free stuff because things will get awkward quickly if you make them something they can’t eat.
5. The Most Boring Idea Ever: Gift Cards Gift cards are impersonal and not very creative gifts, but they sure are useful. It’s basically like giving your friend cash, but you can make it a little more special by really thinking about the store you’ll get it from. Maybe your friend really likes books, music, a specific brand of clothes — just use what you know about them to choose. And if all else fails, get them a gift from the Emory bookstore or amazon.com because Lord knows we need all the help we can get when it comes to buying those textbooks.
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A.J. Doesn’t Walk Out By A.J. Artis Staff Writer At noon on Tuesday, Emory students and staff opposed to department cuts assembled on the Quad in protest. I remained in my Latin American History class. We were learning about University students engaged in guerilla warfare to overthrow an oppressive regime in Cuba. I did “walk out” in spirit, by following the events on Twitter. This is called meta-journalism. Meta-journalism is not journalism. It is lazy. For adults who do not understand Twitter, a username begins with the “@” sign. For instance, I am @ajartis — it’s like an email address. You can “tweet at” someone, meaning your statement, though public, either addresses or responds to another Twitter user. For instance, after the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court @ObamaCare tweeted at @JohnBoehnerHouse, “drinking your salty conservative tears.” The symbol “#” means that the “tweet” or twitter statement is related to whatever follows the “#”. For instance, if a tweet said, “I’m about to chow down” followed by “#McDonalds,” it would suggest the tweeter, or writer, is obese. The day began with a tweet in
Virgo This holiday season, expect to find a kitten wearing a Santa hat in your stocking.
Libra Go ahead and buy those tacky matching Christmas sweaters with your family. You will all look great posing for that holiday picture that will eventually be turned into a card. Your family and friends will love it!
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If you’re in the mood to watch some television, the stars are perfectly aligned for you to catch every single airing of “A Rugrats Chanukah,” and if you’re a Gentile, stay tuned for “A Charlie Brown Christmas!”
all caps. All caps signifies importance. It does not suggest hyperbole. I do not know who writes for the @ EmoryCuts Twitter, because I am not a journalist, but she is not afraid to use caps-lock to demonstrate the gravitas of the moment. As the walkout began, @ JobsWithJustice tweeted about it to all the black organizations, including Emory’s Black Student Alliance, the NAACP and the black magazine. I recognize that we, the blacks, have a rich history of civil disobedience and protest movements, but who said we were going to this? It should go without saying, but just because someone is protesting using a march, sit-in/walk-out, civil disobedience or a rousing speech about dreams and/ or Plymouth Rock, it does not mean the black community has anything to do with it. Perhaps we were invited because these cuts disproportionately affect minority students, but it’s an open secret that if you’re black at Emory, you’re either pre-med or in sociology. The Twitter account @AJCcollee questioned how many students would be in attendance. @EmoryCuts responded with trademark caps-lock, “HUNDREDS our community is
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Keep an eye on Grandma as she makes eggnog for the family. She’s letting loose this holiday season, and the younger kids should probably stay away from these batches.
Sagittarius A distant planet in another solar system seems to be twinkling quite brightly. Maybe you should take this as a sign you should start bedazzling that Christmas tree/ Chanukah bush if you haven’t already.
Capricorn Can’t get enough of your own holiday season? This year try celebrating other holidays as well (Kwanzaa is apparently supposed to be a fun one). You might even be able to increase the amount of presents you receive.
Aquarius This New Year’s Eve will be extra special because the stars are perfectly aligned in your favor to finally have that midnight kiss. Just don’t be disappointed if it’s with a stranger you’ll never see again...
Pisces Ho boy, is it going to feel great when you finish your finals. You’re almost home free — don’t give up now! Horoscopes by Isabella Fraschilla and Liz Frame
Friday, December 7, 2012
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Student Activities Calendar Friday, December 7 — Friday, December 14 RELIGIOUS LIFE Hindu Students Association
Pilgrimage in Hinduism GBM and Discussion on Pilgrimage in Hinduism Friday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m.
Catholic Students Union
Christmas Cookie Decorating Party Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Cannon Chapel, Common Grounds
Hindu Students Association
Tea, Cookies, Meditation Tuesday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Woodruff Library, 3rd Floor, B. Jones Room
Christmas Party Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Brooks Commons
Catholic Student Union
Hot Chocolate and Brownie Study Break Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m. Library
OTHER EVENTS Asian Student Organization Holiday of Cultures Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Cox Ballroom
Love Actually Movie Screening Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Harland Cinema
Student Programming Council Massage Study Break Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Woodruff Library
HILLEL EMORY Chanukah Shabbat
Friday, Dec. 7, Services at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Marcus Hillel Center
Havdallah & Candle Lighting followed by Hillel Hannukah Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Asbury Circle Party
Sunday, Dec. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. Asbury Circle
What’s in a Doctor’s Bag
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Few MPR
Toy Drive Due by Tuesday, Dec. 18 Inside the DUC
Winter Photo Competition Due by Friday, Jan. 25
Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men and Ngambika Performance Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. DUC Terraces
Fall Semester Show Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Performing Arts Studio on N. Decatur Road
Interest Meeting Friday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m. In front of Court 7 at the WoodPEC
Give a Kick
Indoor 3v3 Soccer Tournament Sunday, Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m. WoodPEC Arena
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Winter Concert Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. White Hall 208
Friday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. DUC Terraces
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Study abroad trips to India (above) are another non-traditional option with great potential.
Unique Locations Yield Unusual Experiences Continued from Page 9 class or the next daily task. This is community, something hard to find in most Western countries. Meals are now one of the most beautiful parts of my day. “The best experiences have been when I had little ‘a-ha’ moments about the world,” said College junior Owen Jollie, who is studying abroad in India. In non-traditional places, almost every day is filled with an a-ha moment. College junior Benjamin Kramer, studying abroad in Costa Rica, said studying abroad has changed the way he sees life in a developing country. “At first, I was mad that people tend to try to take advantage of you by scamming you on prices. However, instead of getting mad about two or three dollars scammed, I was sad because I realized how desperate they were for money of any kind. It completely changed the way I view poverty,” Kramer said. Of the roughly 670 Emory students who studied abroad last year, 68% of them went to traditional destinations.
According to the Institute of International Education, four of the top five study abroad locations are located in Europe, the fifth being China. The mere act of choosing to study abroad can be very difficult. It is inherently challenging, leaving friends, family and Emory behind for an extended period of time can be terrifying. “I typically encourage students to go somewhere they have never gone before, but I also stress thinking about the program in ‘academic’ terms. Ask yourself, ‘How will this program help build my skill-set,’” said Kenya Casey, associate director at the Center for International Programs Abroad. Studying in a nontraditional location gives you the chance to build a unique skill set. Learning an unconventional language and understanding the nuances of an unconventional culture can make a person an unconventional candidate for jobs or future endeavors. These quirky experiences can make an applicant stand apart from the rest in interviews because they
followed a path not usually followed. College senior Samantha Lamon, who is studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal, said she has no regrets in choosing to study in a non-traditional location. “I feel like I would have missed out if I had decided to go with a more traditional study abroad.” There are inevitably things that will be missed out on when studying in these countries. Often, there are not any weekend trips to other countries. There are no late night escapades at grand discotheques, but there is full immersion into a new culture. “It is not for everybody, that is for sure, but for the right type of person, it is an unforgettable and life-changing experience filled with growth and adventures,” Kramer said. There are study abroad programs in almost every part of the world, each one incredible in its own right, traditional or not. The hardest decision is choosing to go abroad, but after that, research all available programs. Incredible growth can come from the most random of locations.
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MOBILIZED.” @EmoryCuts is still awaiting attendance numbers. Len Cassamas tweeted, “At the age of 53, I am attending my 1st protest.” According to the math, he was 12 when Vietnam ended. Better late than never. The Wheel reported that “many national and local” news outlets attended, but it should have read “national and many local” news outlets attended. The Associated Press (AP) showed up. But the AP always shows up. When the AP is the only national news outlet to show up at your protest, it’s like getting just one member from the first-string basketball team to show up at your sweet 16. It’s cool, but it’s not CNN. As my professor lectured on Cuban university students’ ill-fated attack on an army garrison, @EmoryCuts tweeted, “Students and Faculty are Occupying the Administration Building — Fox Helicopter gets footage as they go in.” I imagined a large group of students charging the administration building, screaming, with Wagner watching out his window from above, face impassive, growling, “So ... it begins.” In my imagination, he is also Emperor Palpatine. Dean Forman is the Trade Federation Viceroy. As the day wore on, I followed the protest in International Politics. According to @EmoryCuts, “Emory VP Gary Hauk shoves a female protestor half his size, tries to deny access to hallway.” But according to The Emory Wheel’s twitter, “Emory VP Gary Hauk denied to protestors any allegations of him ‘shoving a female protestor.’” Subjectivity and objectivity on Twitter as it relates to facts and fact-checking in journalism would have been a fantastic scholarly article. A Twitter account called “Emory
Greek” replied to the accusations of Vice President Hauk pushing a girl half his size: “Hauk is 5’8 at best. What is this, a protest for ants?” Upset that no one noticed, Emory Greek added, “Saying [VicePresident] hauk pushed a little girl is like saying the Buddha led a mass genocide.” @EmoryCuts replied: “That makes sense! Frats definitely represent the moral and intellectual compass of our generation.” Emory Greek quoted another tweet from @EmoryCuts — “Emory admins are threatening to arrest protestors” — and replied, “Pray to god they do.” @EmoryCuts did not respond. Emory Greek, in need of attention, then said, “@EmoryCuts has refused to answer to my questions, until they do, I will occupy their occupation #notransparency.” @EmoryCuts asked, “What questions?” Emory Greek replied, “‘What questions?’ firstly, why haven’t you been arrested yet? doesn’t that mean you’re doing it wrong?” #FlameWar. This happened. There was no response because, according to @ EmoryCuts, “Police have entered the building and are securing all the doors.” Cory Lumpenprole tweeted, “at nearly the same time cops reportedly secured bldgs against #emorycuts occupation, @EmoryUniversity Instagrams a scene of campus bliss.” In International Politics, we discussed collective action problems, and the inabilities of large organizations to make decisions. The Emory Wheel’s Twitter reported, “Protesters have ordered in pizza. They are expecting to occupy the hallway until a resolution is met.” I wonder what kind of pizza it was?
Domino’s would be an obvious choice, but many in this crowd might wish to “support local business” and order from Everybody’s Pizza. I was afraid the vegans might protest against cheese. But then what would they occupy? Likely the restroom. Meanwhile, in Urban Public Policy, a student gave a presentation on Parking Lots. Back in the administration building, events escalated. “6 protestors have been in President Wagner’s office for the last hour to discuss the dept. changes,” The Emory Wheel tweeted. If he capitulates now, will that energize other protesters? Will occupations become commonplace in our administration buildings? “Who’s occupying us now?” I imagine a portly lady in a pink frock asking. “Oh,” another lady, slimmer, but clearly married, would casually reply, “Those are the Gingers Against Hair Color Discrimination.” And the administrators would go about their business, stepping over tents, discarded pizza boxes, and dogeared copies of Atlas Shrugged. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Emory, it’s that our best trait is our cold, unfeeling efficiency. Emory bulldozed all our traditions in a single-minded, fanatic drive to the top of the charts. And it worked. So goodbye real Wonderful Wednesday, goodbye Dentistry school, goodbye Visual Arts. Cold-blooded cutting is the last of Emory’s traditions, and by God, we should respect it. As I left class to eat at Cox Hall, The Emory Wheel tweeted, “President Wagner just came out of the meeting. The protestors got excited. He just needed to use the bathroom.” So this week I learned a very valuable lesson: Protester is spelled with an ‘e’.
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By Chloe Olewitz
t smelled a little bit like summer this week, once in a while, deep breath and it’s a Southern December I’m not used to but I’m not complaining. That’s why I came here, isn’t it? A little extra sun? A little something new and a little less concrete jungle, a little more ... treeful. It’s still a little summery now at week’s end, like this summer past, if only in that it’s still grey, and we’re still looking ahead to what’s next, and the semester’s not quite finished but we’re waiting for the Spring. While waiting, while sipping lots of caffeine to get me through the last few days, I notice that this is maybe the first holiday season I can actually appreciate. Snowy Starbucks cups and an embarrassing craving for Christmas music, because who doesn’t love Mariah Carey with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots — the only thing that could top her original “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which really puts me in the mood for ... home. Reminding you that we’re almost there, that finals will end (until the next round of ink smudges and noses in books and late-night library nights), I wish you good music and good cheer for whatever it is you celebrate. Find something to celebrate, even if you’re a grinch. You deserve it.
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Nash Oh Comes Off Bench To Drop 14 Points for Eagles Continued from The Back Page scoring double-figure points. Greven knocked down five three-pointers, a career high, and additionally, he was eight for eight from the free-throw line. “My teammates did a great job getting into gaps of the zone and finding me on kick-outs,” Greven wrote in an email to the Wheel. “We did a great job moving the ball, and I was able to knock some shots down.” In addition to the scoring provided by Greven and Davis, the Eagles were propelled to victory by dominating the rebounding contest. Michael Friedberg contributed eight rebounds to tie Davis and Greven for the team lead, and five players pulled down at least five. “[Rebounding is] absolutely crucial,” Greven wrote. “We did a great job as a team with everybody going to the boards and getting to their spots.” From the floor, the Eagles shot 41.9 percent, as compared to Oglethorpe’s mark of 35.4 percent. Defensively, this is the fourth time the Eagles have held their opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field. “We did a great job on defense,” Greven wrote. “We need to continue to do this and just make sure we keep our energy high and stay focused in every game.” The Eagles dominated the first period and went into the locker room at halftime with a 38-23 lead. They held Oglethorpe to just 28.6 percent shooting and forced 11 turnovers. After Greven opened the night’s scoring with a three-pointer, the
Eagles held the lead for the entire night. However, at the 10:21 mark the score stood at 13-12. At this point, the Eagles went on an 8-0 run, propelled by two more Greven threes, and by 6:44, they held a comfortable 21-12 advantage. A little over a minute later, with the score standing at 23-16, the Eagles went on another run. Coming off the bench, senior guard Nash Oh scored eight consecutive points to bring the score to 31-16. Oh went on to score 12 points in 14 minutes, a career high. “We have been working on having everybody ready to come off the bench to help us win off the bench,” Zimmerman said. “People are giving us good minutes off the bench, and we want to continue to build our repertoire and find the right situations to let certain guys use their strengths.” Davis led the way for the Eagles in the second half, shooting six of nine from the floor and three for three from the free-throw line to contribute 16 points. Throughout the second half, the Stormy Petrels never brought the score to within seven. With 6:17 remaining, the Eagles were safely in control of the game, holding a 69-49 lead. “We had tremendous energy both out on the court and on the bench. Everybody who came in gave great minutes. That will be important moving forward,” Greven wrote. The Eagles will return to the court Saturday when they host Piedmont College. — Contact Bennett Ostdiek at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Senior guard Alex Greven guards his opponent. Greven had 23 points and eight rebounds in the Eagles’ win.
Eisenberg: Hawks Poised For Success Josh Smith and Al Horford’s combined 7.1 assists per game lead all NBA frontcourts. Good health has also been crucial to the team’s early success. Horford, who missed the majority of last season with a torn pectoral, has completely healed and is playing the best basketball of his career. The two-time All Star is averaging a career high in scoring with 16.6 points per game and received his first career NBA Player of the Week award in late November. Horford’s presence has been appreciated both on the floor and in the locker room. J osh Smith noted, “(Horford) adds another element to our physicality and he is a great vocal leader. We definitely missed him last year, and it is great to have him back in the lineup.” Entering the season, the Hawks’ biggest strength appeared to be perimeter shooting. Since then, the Hawks have only managed to exceed the expectations. Teague, who is shooting a career high from beyond the arc at 43 percent, said, “We have some really great shooters. Our guys show up to practice every day to work on shooting.” The payoff is evident as the Hawks are third in the league to only the Knicks and Heat with four different players shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. While analysts knew Atlanta’s offense would be strong, many expected the team to suffer on defense. After allowing James Harden to score 45 points in the season opener, concerns were raised on how the team would contain the league’s bigger and stronger perimeter players. Since then, however, the Hawks have seemed to dispel those concerns with overwhelming success. Since Harden’s outburst, Atlanta has contained superstars LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul to fewer than 30 points each. More impressive than the defensive lockdown on individual stars is the team’s collective effort in limiting easy shot opportunities for opponents. As of Dec. 6, the Hawks remain the only team in the NBA to hold every one of their opponents to shooting under 50 percent from the field. “I think everybody is locked in defensively,” said center Zaza Pachulia. “It’s good to see our team at the top of defensive stats.” Defensive specialist DeShawn Stevenson attributed the defensive success to Larry Drew’s planning, “We have all bought into the philosophies our coach has put out here. We have several guys who can block shots, and our speed allows us to disrupt opponents’ passing lanes.” Most importantly, the team’s defense is translating into easy offense. Intercepting passes and forcing turnovers has led the Hawks to a league high 16.9 fast break points a game. At 10-5 and with the third best record in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks now look exponentially more comfortable with their identity on both ends of the court than they did to start the season. With three selfless floor generals, a rejuvenated Al Horford, a plethora of sharpshooters and an extremely effective defense, Atlanta looks poised to remain near the top of the standings in the East. — Contact Jacob Eisenberg at email@example.com
and go with Washington. They have the ability to stifle Ray Rice, which is huge. This will force Joe Flacco to throw, and I believe he will have trouble. As for the Redskins, they will run the ball all over the Ravens, managing the clock and minimizing opportunities for the defense to make big plays. This will not be a high scoring game by any means, and it will certainly come down to the end, but I think Washington is going to pull it out. Look for Alfred Morris to have a big day running all over the Ravens’ feeble excuse for a run defense.
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New York Jets at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS I hate to make predictions on the Jets, but I feel like after last weekend’s debacle, I have to say something. The Jets are going to win this game. They are going to torture us fans, as they straddle in mediocrity between being an abomination and a fringe playoff team. They are going to gouge the life out of us, as they show spurts of brilliance amidst a hopeless performance. Sanchez will play well; Tebow will come in and take his place and ruin the momentum. This
whole team has to be reevaluated this offseason and by a difference general manager. Mr. Woody Johnson, I am available. No, I do not have the experience of Mike Tannenbaum, but if you sat him in a room and had him attempt to explain the moves, he’s made during the Rex Ryan era, I’m sure you would be willing to hire anyone for the job. The Jaguars have their issues, but I don’t care, I only discussed this game because I wanted to let the public know how tortured we Jets fans are. So sorry, Barstool-Philly. Just because you guys have stumbled over the past few years, doesn’t mean you can even contend with the struggles we Jets fans have faced. Go Knicks.
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New Orleans Saints at NEW YORK GIANTS Now that I have sufficiently ranted about the Jets, it’s on to the biggest game this week in terms of playoff implications. New Orleans had been coming on strong, but after two straight losses, it looks as though they are out of playoff contention unless they can string together a few wins and get some help along the way. Meanwhile, the Giants are in total disarray. They have lost three of their
past four games and are looking like a team that is headed for disappointment after a quick start. Right? Wrong. Eli Manning has looked like an average quarterback except in crunch time where he has significantly upgraded his level of play. This is vitally important because the New York Giants are currently following the script of their last two Super Bowl victories. Obviously, their defense needs help. Didn’t it need help last season as well? Jason Pierre-Paul just called out his fellow defensive teammates by calling them soft. Isn’t that the necessary fuel that will push them through to the playoffs? I think so, and I think this is going to be a big win for the Giants. Look for Reuben Randle to hold his own against the sieve of a secondary for the Saints.
GIANTS 41 Saints 27 Once again, this has been a great year. I have received a lot of feedback from my readers, which has made this a very fulfilling experience. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read my weekly articles, and I look forward to writing for you next semester. Have a safe and happy holiday. — Contact Jayson Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org
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It’s been real, it’s been fun, but it’s hasn’t been real fun.
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Junior guard Selena Castillo take a shot. She contributed five steals in the Eagles’ win over Agnes Scott.
Petrels Put Up Fight, But Jackson And Lilly Lead Women to Win Continued from The Back Page The Scotties opened up the half with a basket, but in what seemed like seconds, the Emory women responded with 11 unanswered points and brought their lead up to 41-16. For the rest of the game, the Scotties struggled to keep up. Emory led by as many as 38 points with 6:34 remaining on the clock. On Wednesday, the girls kept the heat up to remain undefeated, defeating the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe 69-41. “Our hard work on defense fueled our balanced offensive scoring. Beating Oglethorpe was huge for us because we lost to them last year in a heart breaker,” Lilly said. In this game, Emory shot 38 percent from the floor. Although Oglethorpe posted a similar mark, Emory posted a 43-27 advantage rebounding, including a 21-3 offensive edge, giving the Eagles a 26-2 advantage in second-chance points. Emory’s cutthroat defense constantly pushed away the opposing offense, and the Eagles recorded 15 steals and 25 points off turnovers. “We did a great job moving around,” Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty. “Oglethorpe only had five points from the free-throw line vs. the usual 17, which was a result of our defensive efforts.” Jackson converted 6-11 shots from the floor on her way to a team-hightying seventh double-figure scoring effort of the season. Jackson also
shone in the rebounding department, pulling down 13. Morgan kept up her consistent play with five points, five assists and no turnovers over the course of 29 minutes. In her last five performances, Morgan has contributed a total of 30 assists. In the first half, Jackson and Lilly scored 11 and nine points, respectively, helping Emory to a 36-25 advantage at halftime. The Eagles held a 23-19 lead with 4:43 left on the clock. A three-pointer by Lilly and a 13-6 run pushed the women even further ahead. “We struggle from the outside at time, but the girls did a tremendous job defending and getting on the glass,” Thomaskutty said. “The team got really into rebounding and defense, which is how you win a ball game.” Oglethorpe put up a fight, with a three-pointer by Ali Bleckley bringing the Petrels to within 10 early in the second half. But Emory kept up the fight and came back with a 14-4 run, led by Oraedu and Castillo and held 54-34 lead with 9:20 left on the clock. Emory closed out the game with 14 points in the final seven minutes. “We are very happy to be 8-0 right now, but as a team, we are far from satisfied,” Jackson said. The Eagleswill be back on the court Saturday, Dec. 8, when they visit Maryville College (Tenn.). — Contact Nicola Braginsky at email@example.com
Brains Vs. Brawn Since RYAN SMITH and JEREMY BENEDIK tied for two consecutive weeks, we are bringing BENNNETT back for the last issue of his long and distinguished career. He is facing freshman guard WILL TRAWICK of the basketball team, who, according to reports, knows his sh-t.
Celebrity PICK ‘EMS Bennett vs. Will Denver at Oakland (+10) Balt. (+2.5) at Wash. K.C. (+6.5) at Cleveland S.D. (+6.5) at Pittsburgh Tennessee (+5.5) at Ind. N.Y. Jets at Jax (+2.5) Chicago at Minn. (+3) Atlanta at Carolina (+3.5) Philly (+7.5) at Tampa Bay STL (+3) at Buffalo Dallas (+3) at Cincinnati Miami (+10) at S.F. N.O (+5) at N.Y. Giants Arizona (+10) at Seattle Detroit (+7) at Green Bay Houston (+3.5) at N.E.
1. BCS With Championship Weekend (is that a thing people actually say, or is your On Fire Correspondent just making it up? If the latter, then you heard it here first!) completed, and before we move on to the long, arduous tasks associated with the end of the semester (if the Powers-That-Be did not hate it so much when your On Fire correspondent devotes this column to “descriptions of his (or her) day and shout-outs to his (or her) friends” then all of you, loyal readers, would be subjected to a description of one presentation, three term papers and four finals), we must reflect on the past, present and future of college football. The big news, obviously, is that Alabama beat Georgia in the SEC Championship, earning the right to face Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship. That horse has been beat to death, however, so we are going to move on to matters more interesting to all of us. Like, for instance, the NebraskaWisconsin game. Most people have more interesting things to do on a Saturday night in December than watch the Big 10 Championship (your On Fire correspondent spent the evening very pleasantly at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens), and that is fortunate for Nebraska. The Huskers lost in utterly humiliating fashion, by a final score of 70-31. Let us move on to matters of a more general interest — to be specific, the UMHB-Wesley match-up in the Division III quarterfinals. Your On Fire correspondent feels compelled to admit that he (or she) had to Google UMHB in order to discover what those letters stood for (not, as was originally suspected, University of Many Human Beings, but rather University of Mary Hardin-Baylor). Leading by a single point and holding the ball near the goal line, UMHB called a play-action rollout. Wesley, however, sniffed the play out immediately and fell into hot pursuit of the quarterback. As he scrambled towards the sideline, a defender managed to grab a piece of his foot, tripping him up and sending him towards the ground. As this was happening, the cornerbacks and wide receivers called it quits on the play and eased up. The intrepid quarterback did no such thing, however. Instead, as his body was hurtling to the ground, he tossed the ball under-handed up into the air. His wide receiver instantly recovered alertness, and nimbly side-stepped his defender to catch the ball for the touchdown. With this score UMHB extended their lead, and went on to win the game, earning a position in the national semi-finals (of Division III). And this was not even the biggest news of the weekend. That is right, loyal readers, something more interesting happened than the NCAA Football Division III Quarterfinals. Namely, Northern Illinois University of the MAC has earned an automatic berth into the BCS. Northern Illinois is the first nonBCS school to earn an invitation to a BCS bowl that is not undefeated (NIU lost to 4-8 Iowa 18-17). They also have the remarkable distinction of being both the worst and the least interesting BCS-buster ever. The situation has been described by ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit as an “absolute joke.” The situation is considered by your On Fire correspondent to be “moderately perturbing.” 2. Tim Tebow Just kidding. This story is not really about Tim Tebow. Your On Fire correspondent is aware that if it were, many more people would actually read this story, and is hoping that some will have been dragged in by the headline and will continue reading even though their attention was engaged under false pretenses. But Tim Tebow is tangentially related to this story. Specifically, he is out on the sidelines with an injury as this story is occurring. Mark Sanchez starts for the Jets at quarterback last week against the Cardinals. Five possessions later, he has thrown three interceptions. Mercifully, the Jets’ head coach, Rex Ryan, pulled Sanchez from the game. This could have been Tebow’s big moment if it were not for his injury. Instead, Greg McElroy came in to the game. While his former teammates were riding the high of their SEC Championship (McElroy played for Alabama), McElroy threw his first NFL touchdown pass. To be the starting quarterback of Alabama is pretty darn cool. But to throw an NFL touchdown is even cooler. From all of us here at On Fire, kudos to Greg McElroy.
SPORTS THE EMORY WHEEL
Friday, December , Sports Editor: Elizabeth Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shooting, Teamwork Key for Hawks
Men’s Soccer: Andrew Natalino For the third consecutive year, Eagles senior midfielder and captain was named to the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer All-South Atlantic Region Third team for his play in the 2012 season.
Women’s Soccer: Lauren Gorodetsky Junior defender Lauren Gorodetsky was named to the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s All-America First team. This marked the third straight year that Gorodetsky has done so, but the first time in her career that she was selected to the first team. She became the first three-time All-America honoree in program history.
Men’s Basketball: Jake Davis Junior forward Jake Davis led the Eagles with 16 points in the second half against Oglethorpe, where he made 6-9 from the floor. Davis has averaged team highs in both points and rebounds after the two games this week.
An Ode To Bennett: Bennett is a scholarly man. We are his biggest fan. Spunky, balding and fun It’s a fact that he is our #1. His tasks include headlines, beat stories, and PB & J’s. What will we do without his presence everyday? From the bottom of our hearts we wish you the best. Without the long nights here you may finally get some rest. We cannot imagine a day here without you. Our lives are painted in the color blue. XOXO Your grieving On Fire Correspondent
Beyond her baskets, Morgan also contributed six assists in her 24 minutes of play. She has a total of 25 assists in her last four games. Junior guard Selena Castillo recorded a career-high five steals playing strong offense all night. Freshman guard Khadijah Sayyid continued to impress the Emory fans with her three thefts. The Eagles held a 21-14 lead with 7:57 left on the clock. They kept the pressure on, holding Agnes Scott scoreless for the rest of the period. The score stood at 30-14 going into the second half.
In mid-November, the Hawks looked sloppy offensively and lost defensively. After suffering four losses within the team’s first seven games, Head Coach Larry Drew was faced with a myriad of questions about several of his players’ roles and concerns about the team’s health. Less than a month later, those worries have completely dissipated. Since losing to Golden State on Nov. 14, Atlanta has won seven of their last eight games and has seemed to develop cohesiveness on both ends of the court. On offense, Atlanta has taken advantage of their supreme depth at the point guard position. With Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, and Lou Williams, Drew has three proven and talented veterans who all facilitate the team’s high-octane attack successfully. Forward Josh Smith noted, “All three point guards can score the basketball extremely well. When you have point guards who command the type of respect (driving) on offense that ours do, opponents have to give them space to facilitate as well. All of our guards are unselfish, and that is what we need to be a successful team.” The guards’ team-first attitudes have led to selfless passing and trust on the court. “When we are on the floor, we have chemistry and we are comfortable with one another,” said Teague. This chemistry is being reflected in the box scores as the Hawks rank third in the league with an average of 23.4 assists per game. Unselfish play on the court has been accompanied by unselfish attitude off of it. While Teague, Harris and Williams are all talented enough to command significant minutes on a nightly basis, they all understand that Drew has to allocate their minutes from game to game. Harris noted, “Coming into the season, we knew we would have to sacrifice a little bit. Still, we just go out there and play.” Drew says his players’ comfort with their roles developed early in the season. “I talked to each player individually at the start of the season and explained what I wanted each of their roles to be.” Drew also said that the players’ roles can fluctuate nightly based on who is playing well, “I believe in riding the hot hand, and all of my guards are on the same page as me in that regard.” Atlanta’s teamwork and passing has not ended with the guards; Atlanta’s big men have also helped aid the team’s strong assist totals.
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Women’s Soccer Head Coach Sue Patberg has coached the Eagles since 2005. The team has gone 110-24-25 over this time, including two UAA titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances. The Eagles finished second nationally this season.
The Prowess of Coach Patberg By Ryan Smith Asst. Sports Editor On Saturday, the women’s soccer team capped off a magical 2012 season with a berth in the Division III NCAA title game. It was undoubtedly the best season in program history, a fantastic campaign with only two losses and a number-two national ranking. Not only was the season a huge step forward for the Eagles, it was another impressive development in the career of Head Coach Sue Patberg. “She has really taken the program to the next level,” Athletic Director Tim Downes said. Patberg’s path to Emory was equally remarkable. She spent 12 years coaching at the Division I level at the University of Minnesota and University of Georgia before being appointed head coach at Emory in 2005, compiling eight NCAA tournament appearances along with a record of 146-88-18. “I was ready for something totally different,” Patberg said. “When
you’re coaching in the Big Ten and SEC, you’re relying on 18- and 20-year-olds to keep your job.” Emory, however, provided a whole new set of challenges. “I knew when I was first walking down the halls [of the Woodruff P.E. Center] and saw all those banners that this was a place we could win a national championship,” she said. “Not all schools are created equally ... but why can’t we?” The Eagles have gotten a little bit closer in each year of Patberg’s career in blue and gold. The team has gone 110-24-25 in the coach’s eight seasons, notching six NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) titles. Emory has made serious title runs in each of the last three seasons, reaching the Elite Eight in 2010, the Sweet Sixteen in 2011 and coming a 1-0 loss to Messiah College (Penn.) away from a national championship this season. Even with her tremendous track record, the 2012 season was a completely new experience. Patberg
cited the team’s perseverance and determination as key in their title run, as the Eagles battled seven different teams to ties and were defeated just twice on the year — and only once in the regular season. “They just never gave up,” Patberg said. “They are fighters. All those challenges along the way prepared us for playing on the road all the way through the NCAA Tournament.” The Eagles excelled in the tournament. They breezed through first three rounds, outscoring their opponents 6-1, before a dramatic win on a 13-round shootout in the quarterfinals against UAA rival Carnegie Mellon University. That put the team into the Elite Eight, where they faced some familiar company. “We looked at the teams with us in the Elite Eight and thought, ‘Hey, we’ve played six of these teams already,” Patberg said. “That’s when we realized that we could do it.” A 2-1 win over Wheaton College (Ill.) put the Eagles into the championship, where their run ended against Messiah. They finished the
season as the second-ranked team in nation and a 15-2-7 record. Patberg’s true impact at Emory, however, cannot be measured in wins and losses. “Coach Patberg has brought a hard-working, determined attitude that has translated to the rest of the team,” senior goalkeeper Kaele Laeonard said. “The most important thing I have learned from her is that you need to give everything you have for your team in order to be successful.” As for future seasons, Patberg believes the Eagles can make it over the hump and bring home a title. Still, she says, there are more pressing issues than a national ranking. “The number one thing for me is ... I want our student-athletes to look back and say, ‘That was the best decision I ever made,’” Patberg said. “Second, I want our program to win a national championship.” The Eagles, in their entire history, have never yet been closer than they are under her guidance. — Contact Ryan Smith at email@example.com
Team Brings Home the Gold, Remains Undefeated on Year By Nicola Braginsky Staff Writer The 14th-ranked women’s basketball team brought home the gold on Monday against the Agnes Scott College Scotties and again on Wednesday against the Oglethorpe University Stormy Petrels. The Eagles’ record now stands at 8-0. On Monday, the Eagles delivered a 70-42 victory over Agnes Scott. The Eagles shot 40.7 percent from the floor, towering over the Scotties 31.7 percent. The defense worked hard and forced the Scotties into 25 turnovers, many of which the Eagles converted into points.
“Our coaching staff has prepared us extremely well and with consistent hard work, discipline, and focus this year’s team will accomplish our ultimate goal: making the tournament and being the champions we all know we could be,” junior guard Marissa Resnick said. Junior guard Hannah Lilly scored a team-high of 14 points, and senior forward Misha Jackson grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Senior center Danielle Landry and junior point guard Savannah Morgan contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, and sophomore center O’dez Oraedu completed the crew of double-digit scorers with 10.
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Freshman forward Will Trawick takes a shot. See inside for his exclusive NFL picks this week.
Rebounding, Defense The ‘Beej’ Knows Best: NFL Week 14 Lead Way for Eagles By Bennett Ostdiek Asst. Sports Editor The men’s basketball team defeated the Oglethorpe University Stormy Petrels Wednesday night by a score of 83-69. With the win, the team improved their record to 6-2 on the season. “We continue to improve,” Head Coach Jason Zimmerman said. “This was a strong defense effort. Offensively, it took a little bit to get started, but we got into a rhythm in the second half. We controlled the game for 40 minutes, which is good to see.” The Eagles were led by junior
forward Jake Davis and senior guard Alex Greven. Davis scored a seasonhigh 26 points and Greven contributed 23, and both pulled down eight rebounds. “[Davis and Greven] are a foundation for us,” Zimmerman said. “They are consistent — every game we know what we are going to get. They did not force anything last night and still combined for 49 points and 16 rebounds.” Davis converted 10 of his 15 field goal attempts and every one of his free throw opportunities, and his 26 points mark his sixth straight game
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Jayson Patel It brings me no happiness to report that this will be my final column of the year. This was my first semester writing for the Emory Wheel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When we come back in the spring, expect me to continue to write about football, but also begin to transition into a basketball column. The NBA season is underway, and there are many hot topics of discussion that I cannot wait to write about
when I return from winter break. I am sure that many of you are under the strain of finals at this point, unless you are a freshman. If you are a freshman, you probably have no idea what it means to pull an all-nighter, and you look at this weekend as a prime opportunity to get a booth at Maggie’s. That is how I believe this year’s crop of rookie quarterbacks are transitioning into professional life. At a time when the most seasoned veterans are straining under pressure, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson have their teams either in a playoff position or making a run at a spot. These rookies are maneuvering comeback drives that would impress even the best signal callers in the league, and I believe it
has to do with the fact that they were either handed or earned the job from day one. From their first Sunday as professional quarterbacks, they knew that they had the keys to the franchise, and they proceeded without any lofty expectations. Without expectations, they were able to just relax and play the game like they would in their backyard. Now obviously this theory does not apply to most quarterbacks (see Sanchez, Mark) but, for this year’s class, it certainly does. My bold prediction is that the Seahawks, Redskins and Colts will all make the playoffs this year led by their rookie quarterbacks. And after that final monologue of the semester, let’s make our way to the picks. (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
Baltimore Ravens at WASHINGTON REDSKINS
There are only two ways to look at this game. On one side, the Ravens were just embarrassed by a thirdstring quarterback on a rival team that was just begging to get beat. There is no way they could lose this game. On the other side, you have a rookie quarterback riding a threegame winning streak in which he defeated all of his division rivals, playing at home where he has been stellar. With the Ravens just kicked by the Steelers, and the Redskins riding hot, how could they lose? I am going to have to take the upset
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